Sunday, April 11, 2010
Combining Art Forms
When people ask how I know what to quilt, I have often found myself searching for the words that will help someone understand that it is a voice inside of each of us. Having always been akin to that voice inside of myself, I don't know how to separate myself from it enough to really describe the freedom that I enjoy when I let my mind wander.
As a child, I was often found "guilty" of being a day dreamer. Easily distracted, I gave up on some studies. As I matured, I was relieved to find that the studies were still going on inside of me, I just found a different route than the standard path.
I am able to quilt and see stitches going in every direction because I let my mind wander. I love that there are more conversations about finding the best in ourselves by allowing ourselves to be and allowing ourselves spend time visioning.
I don't like to create for a finished project. I rarely take on deadlines with my creative journeys. You won't hear me say, "I gotta get that done by Christmas." I just don't do that anymore. It doesn't work for me. It didn't work well for me when I DID it. I showed up with great Christmas gifts but was too exhausted and spent to enjoy the holiday! Now I create for fun and for love.
Lately, my journey of drawing and drawing and drawing has jump started me for a new series of classes that I am releasing this summer. I can't wait. Combining drawing and quilting. Just wait until you see the calendar. It will be quite a surprise as you discover all that is inside of you!
All the Best to You, jill