I often keep and collect interesting bits and pieces or scraps that I think may be useful. Unfortunately they usually lay about or are forgotten somewhere and by the time I manage to transform new life into into them, perhaps years have passed!
Even so, it is amazing when these materials are rediscovered. Somehow they find the shape and form they need as if it was already decided. It is hard to describe how it feels when materials magically speak themselves into new existence. I hardly have to do anything, it all just happens, as if they have minds of their own. Some materials are nothing special to look at but for some unknown reason have caught my eye and combined with something else, change dramatically.
Quite regularly I am obliged to adapt to the materials I have at hand. This is surely when people create their best work. Imagination and improvisation become necessity rather than choice and true creating happens in these moments. There is rarely a plan, only experimentation, trial and error...in fact, some mistakes become masterpieces!
After these first few weeks, I already feel a satisfying sense of achievement. Four of these projects have been in my head or on my to do list for a long time and I am now able to tick those boxes! I love lists and even better, I love ticking or crossing things off lists. I am also reimagining, recycling, repurposing and using up my marvellous stash of materials.
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.