With a two week break from working on my wearable Art piece, and starting again at the point where the next set of decisions need to be made, has proved to be difficult. A couple of weeks ago Austin Kleon referred to Oblique Strategies a deck of cards by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt to help their creative processes when stuck. Austin has made his own set on a pack of playing cards. I loved the idea, stole a few of his and was inspired to make my own set. I probably have about 40 now, from notes in my visual diary, various other resources and my own thoughts.
Here are a random few-
Go back to the original notes/ideas
What IS working?
Read a book instead
Go for a walk
Tidy up the studio
No Struggle, no progress
The beauty of this is it is all in one easily accessible place. And somewhat up to chance…
Flipping through a few cards, “Try a mind map of the project” Two pages of mind mapping (which I have never done before) Starting right back at the beginning of the idea, connecting to the theme, the criteria…a lengthy process, but one that has helped to clarify the direction of the next step and a develop a more solid vision for the piece. Back to the sewing machine!
It has been a week of good progress (with a deadline “I am going to finish this by Christmas”) I can finally see the work taking shape.
Christmas is just around the corner. My Dad made me this wonderful Christmas Tree at the Men’s Shed from old pellets. Our 7 foot tree covered in tinsel and decorations is not an option this year with the puppy. This is the perfect solution!