After coming down from a euphoric quilting high, a low is almost sure to follow. I chalk it up to the ebbs and flows of creativity. This is not unusual for me, yet each time it happens I'm unprepared and restless. Riding the crest of the wave is exhilarating....but what goes up, must come down.
My motivation comes to a screeching halt......yet the discontent and restlessness gnaw away at me. Do any of you go through this as well?? How do you cope? How do get your muse back?
I've listed a few things I do to prime the creative pump...so to speak:
- Finish something previously started, especially if there's only mindless sewing involved.
- Go through my quilting books.
- New Fabric perhaps??
- Start something new.....even if I have several other projects waiting for me to finish.
- PHYSICALLY GO INTO MY SEWING SPACE....even if all I do is stand there.
- Take a complete break.
- Organize my space.
- Start playing....just for the heck of it, no expectations
- Spend some time outdoors.
It sometimes helps to ask myself what's stopping or blocking me:
- Does a specific project have me stumped?
- Is there something else going on in my personal life?
- Am I just to busy or perhaps not busy enough? There's a balance to be had with that.
- Too many deadlines...or not enough deadlines, again what works for me?
- What stymies me and what motivates me?
The answers aren't always the same just as the solutions aren't. The recurring theme as I go through this process is: I DO MY BEST WORK.....WORKING FOR ME. Sounds rather selfish doesn't it. I don't necessarily mean the quilt doesn't go to someone else in the end it means giving myself compete creative license Trust me, it's a liberating way to work.
- No rules
- No palette restrictions...except by me.
- No deadlines.....only self imposed ones.
- Not for any specific person
- Not for any specific place.
- Not for any specific purpose
When I work for me....the creativity unleashes itself, whereas when I try to create something tailored to another person's taste.....things seem to go awry.
At the moment I do have a few projects on the list that aren't for me and that could be part of the problem. And of course, as you can see from the pictures below, I have no shortage of works in progress to choose from (these are just a few).
I would love to hear how you keep up your creative motivation.