Friday, November 17, 2017

A Mysterious Journey Of Creativity.

Yesterday, my daughter received a package at work with her purse, two pairs of Grandma-knit socks for each of my grandsons with co-ordinating retractable measuring tapes, and two packages of the sourest sours ever for my son-in-law... who loves them... go figure. I have no pictures of these things. I wasn't getting to taking them and if I'd put it off any longer, the package wasn't going to get there any time soon and that purse had taken long enough already. So I sent it. Without pictures. Except for...





... this one of the bead I used for the tabs on each side of the zipper. The last time she was visiting, my friend Rosmarie brought some beads that a friend of hers was sending to a new home and she hoped I could use them. How fun to use two right away. They were in a partially constructed necklace that I took apart.





Refashioning my own creations - never mind someone else's - has become a regular part of my routine. Twenty years ago, this would never have occurred to me and if it had, I'd have viewed it more as a failure than as a mysterious journey of creativity. Now I casually deconstruct things because I know the next project is most likely going to be even more interesting.


The cardigan I talked about in the last posting was back in balls shortly after and I'm almost done re-knitting it into a different style, minus the dolmen sleeves, thus with less fabric under the arm, and therefore far more flattering. Every once in a while I'm tempted by a dolmen sleeve thinking that some other aspect of the garment will make up for that excess. It never does. In this case, the large collar and the underarm excess was overwhelming me. I need to remember that. Under the ball of yarn in the earlier image is the grey knit fabric that I'm sewing the dress to go with out of.





These are two more knitting projects that were found and finished. Both fit me but I'm not sure I'll keep either. Right now, they are in the to-be-gifted box for quick gifts when needed. Things I don't need, or have too much of, or made in a colour that's not me, or that I don't want or chose not to refashion for some reason go in that because because not everything gets refashioned although...





... just about anything is up for grabs. The bracelet above is one of Nicole Hanna's tutorials. I made it a few weeks ago when I was working through several tutorials to learn how she thought through the wire weaving process. One thing I learned is that we each have our own way of bending and curving the wire that feels and looks natural as opposed to feeling and looking like you're trying to copy someone by pulling it into their curve. I showed my daughter several of the tutorials I'd done and she said that she preferred my original pieces to any class sample or tutorial pieces. That's nice to hear.





Class samples are not something I'd wear, give away, or sell so I'm re-fashioning most of them by using them as the starting point for a new piece. It gives me something to respond to and build forward from. With the bracelet, I squashed it into a flatter shape and then added more details and a chain.





The finished piece looks nothing like the original which is fun. I wore it to an artist's talk at a local studio last week and the studio owner was admiring it and then said this is obviously one of Val's pieces to which I replied no, it's one of mine. She said she was impressed... which is nice... but the take-a-way for me was that I need to get my work out there more so I'm known for what I do. I'm just starting to develop an 18" x 18" textile wall piece for a member's exhibit at the art gallery in January. That's one way.





One of the interesting aspects of creating this pendant was balance the design visually as well as physically so that it would hang from the neck evenly. I seem to have figured it out because I haven't had to adjust it when I'm wearing it. I'm working on another piece now that will have the same issue. Practice helps.





I also finished up a green and two grey scarves that went in the to-be-gifted box. And I've been reading through the pattern for this Wakame Pullover from Berroco. It may be next on my knitting list. I really like the asymmetrical shaping, it's simplicity, and how it looks with those fabulous trousers. I'd like to sew some of those too. 

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - a new and wonderful tenant, female, hilarious, well employed, YES YES

10 comments:

  1. yay for the new tenant!!

    And Myrna, here's the thing: You have a very tall personality, but you are a little person. So naturally there can be a disconnect between some images and your personal embodied reality. ;)

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    1. LOL - I hadn't thought about being tall and small. Too fun.

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  2. I second the yay for the new tenant! I always enjoy your blogs and your once and future inspirations.

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    1. Thank you for sharing the journey.

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  3. I have the same issue with dolman sleeves being not at all flattering for my busty shape. I've recently been sewing basic princess shaped vests in denim with silk inserts. It's very satisfying as the silhouette works and the silk inserts are creative. For me this is the secret of blending creativity with a shape that flatters my figure. I ask myself why this reality has taken so long? Your blog always gets me thinking and I thank you. Your wire wrapping creations are fabulous! Karen

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    1. Princess seams have always worked well for me too and they are quite flattering on curves. I like that you've discovered your "secret" to blending in creativity. YES YES. For me, it's not so much about it taking so long, but about the fact that I often circle back through that issue and try to make it work from another angle and then discover the same thing I discovered before and go back - for a time at least - to accepting this "truth". I'm so glad you're enjoying the blog and that you let me know. That's encouraging in continuing to blog. And I'm glad that the wire is being appreciated as it has added a different element to the blog that some people won't be interested in... and that's the way of a creative journey.

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    2. I also appreciate the fact that you take the time to respond to your reader's comments! Karen

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    3. Thank you. I appreciate comments and enjoy the exchange of thoughts and I want to encourage more.

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  4. Wakame is in my knitting queue as well; thinking that some violet cotton blend yarn in my stash for it. I tend to wear mostly tunics over pants (skinny or wide) and the slightly oversized shape could work well as an over-layer.

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    1. Slightly oversized is a bit of an issue for me as I tend to look/feel better in more fitted clothing. The part I really love is the hemline so I may narrow the shoulders a bit to have it fit more closely in that area. We'll see. I may do a mock-up in fabric first. I'd love to see yours when it's finished if you could send me a picture.

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