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SHIFT or get away from the keyboard

I've been introspecting the last year about creativity, making things and legacy. I've been wondering what motivates me, why I don't do the things I say I want to do. And while I think chewing on my thoughts, exploring many angles and tangents is really good, I've been running into walls.

Many walls. Walls that look very similar but I keep smashing into them. Which leads me to believe it is time to do rather than think.

I'm not much for New Year's resolutions typically but with the last year not ending with anything tangible (by moderns standards of “tangible”) I'm resolving to do something this year.

My goal is simple:

Create something. Everyday.

The bounds of something are pretty loose partially to give leeway to my creativity as well as redefine the value of anything to myself. Before, my definition of creating something of value was entangled with its physical presence. If the thing didn't exist in reality, like a photographic print or hank of rope, it had no value to me.

And that's crap. Digital content has value, it's just different, and I am working actively to divorce this association within myself.

Thus: something can be anything introspective or creative.

I have a few broad categories that will satisfy this (because I need some sort of structure)

  • Journaling: be it for myself or posted to my blog (like this one)

  • Art: a “real” photo with my camera, a fake Polaroid, a poem

  • Thing: rope, or more shibari or something physical.

    Seems so simple and, since the categories are fairly loose and overlapping, it seems doable.

    Let's get cracking, eh?

    9° Cloudy

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    angels_ember From: angels_ember Date: January 3rd, 2014 12:02 am (UTC) (Link)
    I think that cooking counts as creating, too. Perhaps not if you're repeating a simple, time-tested dinner recipe, no. But coming up with a new craft cocktail recipe or trying a new technique in the process of assembling one of your amazing-looking dinners...I firmly believe that it requires creative energy and effort to do these things, so in my opinion, it counts.
    abmann From: abmann Date: January 11th, 2014 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Even when cooking produces rather finite products? I think in context of legacy, persistence is important to me.
    nidea From: nidea Date: January 4th, 2014 07:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
    It's funny, I define myself so much by "things I make", it's a goal of mine to sometimes just "be" and NOT make things. So my goal is to finish projects that I already started, and thus have fewer un-done things laying around saying "work on me"... thus ultimately I will have more mental space to think. Whether I choose to use that space to think about more projects, or something else, is yet to be determined.
    abmann From: abmann Date: January 11th, 2014 06:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Where does your satisfaction lie? I think my biggest issue has been that I was letting all these requirements block me from feeling any satisfaction for anything I made, physical or otherwise.

    Unhealthy doublethink. :)

    Do you typically start things before finishing others? I do that with books and it drives me nuts. With the things I enjoy creating, it's less frequent because what I make takes relatively little time (depending on how you define) finish.
    nidea From: nidea Date: January 11th, 2014 06:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I think my satisfaction is in tying off loose ends. But I hate to sit still, I'm always working on something or another, so I'm always creating more loose ends. I also enjoy the things I create - whether it's a baked good, dinner, a dress for K's doll, etc.

    I often start things before finishing others, but not usually in the same realm. I might have one knitting project, one quilting project, one paper project, etc... but not two of the same kind. This probably relates to my textile schooling, where I would have several classes, each in a slightly different discipline, with one project at a time per class.

    Right now this is my "loose ends" set:
    * a hand-bound book - because the previous form of the book was a stapled set of Xeroxes, which is unacceptable - I'm halfway done or more
    * a collection of cozies for consignment at A Woman's Touch (been doing those since 2005, usually one or two collections per year) - need to cut linings, finish sewing
    * fixing my snow pants so they actually fit (half done)
    * finishing the frog-loops for my steampunk cutaway coat so I can button it (loops are knit up but not sewn into frogs)
    * reading 2 books (though I've skimmed one and I think I got out of it most of what I want to get out)
    * small stack of filing to be done, several boxes of "sort me" to sort
    * a triangle quilt (lots of pieces are cut out but there are a bunch to be sewn, but it's not "for" anyone or any occasion so there's no rush)
    * WI sales tax needs doing soon (by end of month I believe)
    * dye some cotton rope eventually (I have rope and dye at hand)

    Hmm, I think that's pretty much everything. Oh, I have an idea to make a terrarium because I accidentally bought a plant that likes really high humidity. (It has cute leaves - green with red veins - and was an impulse purchase @ Willy St. co-op.) I just made a cool beaded pendant yesterday - all in one sitting, so that was neat.

    I think you should do the projects that make you happy, solve a particular problem (of organization, beauty, convenience, etc), or that you just want to experiment with. Sampling is a learning experience even if the end result is trash.
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