I am slowly comin to terms with who I am and how I work!
This post is all about 'small'.
Weird, I hear you say.
Well, it has occurred to me that I like 'small' in my life. I tend to feel overwhelmed with 'big' and that is starting to become apparent in my quilting and art.
Look at where I live...
I live on 17 acres BUT I feel overwhelmed by the size of our property and don't venture out to the four corners of the place. I do love the open spaces and would never, ever live in the city again but BIG just isn't for me either. I know I don't have to constantly go from corner to corner of our property to appreciate it and I usually only keep to the back yard, my vegie patch and the chook shed. These are only a smidgen of the area we have. When we were wanting to landscape, it totally freaked me out and I literally ran indoors and hid!! Yep, scared and overwhelmed by it all. So, it never really got done.
I adore the Open Gardens that people have and show off but I never really understood how I felt about large gardens until I had to do one!!
Take photography for instance...
I adore macro! If I can take a photo of something tiny, intricate and SMALL then I am one happy chappy. I don't do vistas nor huge landscapes. I want to get down and take the photo of the leaf, ant or the pattern in the mud!
Now, take my quilting....
I am really enjoying doing the blocks for my swaps. I am having a bit of trouble finishing any LARGE quilt that I need to get done. Does it intimidate me?? I don't know. Should I just concentrate on mini quilts, or lap quilts (getting a bit too large I think) or wall hangings?? Art Quilts come to mind.
This got me thinking about all the 'SMALL' in my life.....
I have just embarked on a new creative journey...
I did a workshop on the weekend and ended up making a pendant and cuff bracelet. I thoroughly enjoyed working with the small pieces. The cutting, filing, polishing!
I would love to incorporate the silver work (or metal work, as it can be copper etc) with art quilts and I think I can do it.
So, the question still remains.....am I afraid of big??
Is it a problem? NOT AT ALL
The whole process of finding out about who I am and where I am heading is part of being creative.
What do you think??
Did you have a turning point in your creative journey?
A lightbulb moment?
Till the next time (and I am hoping it won't be too far away!)