In between the busy-ness of the musical, end of term and straggly ends, I continue to work on my projects, with a strong hat/headpiece theme, in preparation for my upcoming exhibition in September.
With two glorious weeks of holidays ahead, I plan on plenty of making as well as time to look at the clouds, change scenery, rummage, read, write and ponder.
Like my reading pile, I am working on a few things simultaneously!
Some beginnings and imaginings,
some embellishing and finishing.
Making time for relaxed experimentation is super important. Research is often rushed. It shouldn't be. There is much to be gained through testing, prodding and playing around with materials. I believe it takes a while before we realise that growth lies within the creative process more than in the finished piece. It is during this process, when you are immersed in activity, that you will feel that good, juicy well-being sensation warming you from within.
On a roll we say when we find our senses receptive and the creative wheel turns effortlessly from inspiration to process to product and back to inspiration.
Time stands still in these moments.
My challenge is to experiment while moving forward steadily, without getting caught up or lost in all the possibilities...or pondering!
For me, it seems there is not much difference between wondering and wandering. It has always helped me find inspiration. Creative dabbling is good for the soul, I couldn't imagine life without it and often surprise myself by what I come up with.