Thursday, July 10, 2014

On Being Creative

I've often said that I don't do all of this sewing stuff for the resulting quilts. In fact many of those quilts end in a box until I decide I can part with them and give them away or sell them.

I love to create. I love cutting all that fabric up and making something that wasn't there before--something that another person will never make make exactly the same.

I shared the following Ted talk in my Improv Quilting class. I found this particular talk so inspiring when it comes to creating, and sometimes destroying my projects. I've thrown projects in the trash before because they weren't turning out as I hoped, but at the same time, I've always learned so much from those discarded projects. Quilting and creating isn't about having the most fabric or the best equipment; it's about doing something you love with what you have at that moment.

I needed a creative boost today and watched this talk again while the kiddos were in quiet time. I've felt extremely uncreative lately with few ideas or projects in my head. I'm not sure if it's the craziness of the summer or my lack of down time since the kids are home all day, but I haven't felt like creating at all. I needed to watch this to remind me why I do all of this. I hope this inspires you as it has me!

I have embedded the talk in this post, but some programs don't recognize embedded videos. If you are having trouble viewing the video see the direct link: Embrace the Shake, by Phil Hansen.


14 comments:

  1. You're right, that WAS very inspirational! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I really enjoyed that.....lots of food for thought.

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  3. Ooooh, nice. Thanks for sharing this. I thoroughly enjoyed it and definitely needed to hear these words right now. Much appreciated.

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  4. Very cool video, thank you for sharing.

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  5. This is fantastic, thank you for sharing!! I know with the quilt design a day project I'm doing that it wasn't until I started adding more limitations that it became more fun and playful and I started to really feel creative.

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  6. Love the video! Thanks so much for sharing this.:)

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  7. For me the biggest limitation is time. I love the video, and thank you for the reminder to get back to watching the TED talks. This one is particularly inspiring.

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  8. what an excellent artist! wonderful Ted Talk, just the reminder I needed. I was just saying this evening that it is not the quilts - they are made and forgotten, but the process that I love.

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  9. Wonderful! One year I challenged myself to make and give away, to strangers, at least 4 quilts made entirely from fabric/scraps I had on hand. That limitation caused me to experiment with so many new techniques and color combinations. I ended up more that doubling that number of quilts and blessing people and charities. For me, a limitation and forcing myself to let go really pushed my creativity. I usually only average 3-4 quilts per year, and I made all of these in addition to that number. =D

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  10. Thanks For Sharing This Inspirational Video.

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  11. Thanks you! It verbalizes what I love about quilting as a craft and hobby, it is a way for me to be creative and get into a low stress space, without worrying about the end result. I am currently making a baby quilt which I plan to give away, and although there may be some imperfections, as a whole it will be beautiful.

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  12. I find my day job can suck the creativity out of me when I'm stressed, I imagine children could do the same! I've also found if I'm blocked on something, but try and persist with it because of a deadline, that can also drain me. Alas, I haven't found a magical solution for this yet, but recognising you have a problem is the first step, right? ;o)

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  13. Thank you! Thank you!
    Love Ted Talks!

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  14. Holy cow. That was awesome and enjoyable.
    Thanks for sharing

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