Ira Gets Me


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For a while now I've been struggling with the concept of what it means to be truly creative.  Does it mean that I can follow someone else's patterns very well and make lovely things?  Does it mean that I never look at a pattern and just go from my gut?  Does it mean that I modify every pattern that crosses my path?  Or is it a combination of all of these things or perhaps none of these things?

So, while I've been mulling over this (in my head) and thanking everyone who compliments me on my work, I have to admit that I'm not satisfied.  Every other day I want to yank down my Etsy store.  When I first re-entered the crochet scene, I was just glad to finally be able to read patterns and make something else besides a granny square.  Every pattern was interesting.  Every new stitch such a joy.  But now I'm at this crossroads.  This place where I enjoy making just about everything that I do, but it still doesn't satisfy that thing deep inside.

A friend sent me this link to a video that so totally speaks to me.  Yes, Ira gets me!


I believe that all of those craft forms that I've learned over the years need to come together to help me make something that truly represents me and where I am at this time.  So what am I going to do?  First, take a step back and then follow the advice on this post I read in HandmadeologyDon't Let Your Mojo Die.  (BTW, if you haven't visited that site, especially if you're into the business part of your craft, you are missing a treat.)

So, if I get craft silent for a moment, it's not because I'm watching cartoons and eating chocolate ice cream while wondering "Who am I?"; it's because I'm finding my own place in this realm of creativity.

Happy Crafting,

3 comments:

  1. I think that is where I'm at with my stuff also Libby. I'm not selling yet, but want to. I just need to find that thing that makes me totally happy. :)

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  2. Great Post! I think that everyone deals with this at some point. I have found that what helps me is to change my medium. I sew, I paint, I scrapbook. I do whatever I want (not worrying if it is any good)

    Also, have you heard of the book: The Artist's Way? It has some good activities to help jump start your creativity! Good luck in finding your way!

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  3. Also popping in to say great post! Really apt words from Mr. Glass...

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