I go through spurts with the creativity thing. For a couple of months now, I haven't crafted at all. I was knitting and editing together for a while at the beginning of the year but I think in the rush to get Shiny 5, New Ceres Nights
all out in quick succession, I had to focus and strip back on anything else to get it all done. After Adelaide, I was sick and didn't feel like crafting either and it's only been I guess since the weekend that I have picked up a needle again and have been feeling the crafting mojo.
I have a complicated relationship with my crafts. Mostly I don't ever like to just sit - sit and talk or sit and watch TV. I have always had some project on the go, for as long as I can remember. I haven't always finished the projects but that's a different story.
When I was at my most depressed, the only thing I wanted to do was craft - knit. I knit so many things. I stayed at home to knit in preference to other things (ok, admittedly, not-depressed I would make the same call if the choice was still go out in the rain to mandurah or rockingham or joondalup on a saturday night and sit in a freezing stadium and watch my bf referee crap state basketball, drink foul coffee and get a sore bum). I got absorbed into it. I stashed a loooooot of yarn for future projects. I started my own knitting blog. I went to knitting fairs and conventions. I read knitters blogs. I listened to knitting podcasts. I got absorbed. And what appealled to me, I think, was the potential - of projects - and the colours stimulated my brain. And the act of creating and finishing small tasks all served to fulfil me in a time when my job made me feel like shit and my relationship was even shittier to come home to.
Then I moved into my new place and started my new life and it got very busy very quickly. I didn't have time for craft, not being home a lot. And it all slowed down. Money got a bit tighter so the stashing had to be put on a diet. And TPP kinda exploded to take up all my spare time, so even when I am home, I'm editing or doing press related things.
Now I find myself in a bit of an energy slump. Things are getting a bit ... s.e.r.i.o.u.s ... and I think craft is becoming the escape that it was for me before. Perhaps for me, when things get overwhelming, I turn to something else to stimulate my brain - colours! patterns! geometry!! - and something that I can feel productive on without the stress.
Either way, craft is exploding at my place this week. And it's making me think about the reasons for that - which will be a separate post. I currently have 4 patchwork projects that I am piecing all at once (it's not fun, if it's not complicated). I have the borders to go on the Kimonos wallhanging. I have the hexagon project that admittedly is put to the side whilst I procrastinate on buying black calico to applique them onto. I have the scrappy log cabin blocks which I am making out of all the very small scraps I would otherwise throw away. It kinda has to progress as I work on other things cause there's no way I will ever sit down and sort through a huge pile of really small cut offs and piece them. And it feels like tidying up as I go (these are the 3.5 inch finished squares, and I have made 5 now).
And my project de jour! Monochrome tumbling blocks. I am going great guns on this this week. I had 9 I think on Sunday and I have nearly 20 as of last night - 3 60 degree diamonds sewn into a block, with three contrasting colours, in this case black (and white), black and white, and white (and black), to give a 3D effect. This is my first project that I have done by myself from scratch including playing with fabrics - colours and patterns - and I am getting quite pleased with the effects. I also plan to throw in the odd red diamond here and there for some kind of "blood on the dance floor" effect.
So I'm excited and stimulated by craft at the moment. I think it works to keep a gloomy brain alert. The problem is of course the gloomy brain. But I'm enjoying it - sadly at the expense of the work I am avoiding doing. Photos of the current projects to follow, tonight.