Well, it has been a rather hectic year (2016) and Spring (2017) that it has given me pause to reflect on how ‘self-inflicted’ this ‘busy-ness’ is!

Some things can’t be avoided, like illness and surgeries etc, but some things certainly can be contained if one becomes mindful enough to manage them as one goes about daily life.

I realised I was saying yes to too many projects/activities that life was just a series of deadlines. It became very stressful and not much fun. Especially my art………….

I was reading a recent blog series from Joe & Sam of  TextileArtist.org http://www.textileartist.org talking about managing your creativity. It is a very timely series of articles for me. It gave me insight into my own artistic practise and how I was not really being true to myself. A lot of my creativity was being influenced by what the exhibit/show ‘required’ rather than what ‘I’ wanted to create and what my own personal voice was saying in responce to the topic. How about if ‘I’ chose the topic for a change? How about if I go back to my original ‘City & Guilds’ methods of researching a topic and taking it as far as I can go with it? That sounds more like fun and also being able to be true to oneself and not having to dance to someone elses tune.

I have been looking through my ‘Pinterest’ pages, especially on ‘mark making’ and ‘favourite artists’.

It is very telling what inspires me on these pages/boards and yet not very representative in my artistic expression. A sobering thought.

So I have decided that this year I am going to try and be;

1. kinder to myself and be selfish with my time for me.

2. be true to myself and let my own artistic voice speak to me.

3. Enjoy the artistic persuit rather than the stress of a dealine.

Easier said than done, so I do have a few friends keeping me honest on this quest. In fact they were the instigators in some of this as they could see me on the way to ‘burn-out’.







Slow Down and Smell the Roses!

9 thoughts on “Slow Down and Smell the Roses!

  1. What you say about researching a topic, exploring it and taking it as far as you can struck a huge chord with me. It is the way I like to work; it is the where the pleasure lies for me. However, although I no longer have to earn a living at anything (I’m retired), I still seem to find myself being dragged into group shows with a set topic which only sometimes chimes with where I want to be with my work. This year, I have promised myself that I won’t take part in anything that doesn’t ‘fit’ … but how difficult that is!

    Perhaps I should seek out Joe and sam’s post on textile.org. Thank you for posting the link.


    • Dear CharltonStitcher, yes do read Sam & Joe’s series it is very empowering. Also, I think most times the topic of a show can be applied so loosely that you can often make your work fit into the theme. Let’s see how it goes for both of us. Thanks for your comments and happy stitching. Anni


  2. I can’t imagine having so much creative talent! I would think it must be terribly hard to choose what to and not do. But we only have one life so smelling the flowers is NB.


  3. Love the sentiment as I am tarred with the same brush. Lots of procrastination leading to defeat before I start. I am also rethinking this distructive process

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