Wednesday, October 28, 2009


I was stuck in a jury room last week-ish (called for jury duty, but, luckily, the district court disposed of something like 15 cases that day without needing a jury), and read a bit more of Twyla Tharp's The Creative Habit - it's an interesting book, I like to browse through it once in a while.

I think it's been stuck in my head since then, just a bit, and I've been noticing a bit more about my creative process. Like lots of weavers, I think, I tend to get ideas while I'm seated at the loom, weaving - especially when I'm weaving a pattern that doesn't take a lot of concentration. Leaves your mind free to wander, and, I guess, mine tends to wander to other weaving projects.

My only real observation, though, is that I find it interesting that I get the most ideas when I'm in full-on production mode (as I am now, weaving like crazy!)... Not sure whether they'll be good ideas or not, but they sure do seem to come, fast and furious. Maybe my creative weaving muscles, so to speak, are like any other muscles? When I'm using my basic weaving muscle a lot, the creative ones get all limber and productive as well? Just a thought...

I'd love to hear other people's thoughts on creative flow.

And on a happy personal note - I've been on the Front Page of Etsy twice this past week (at weird times, but, hey, I'll take it!), and 1000 Markets just sent me an email inviting me to participate in a special Holiday Gift Market. (I adore 1000Markets, I have to say - it doesn't have the traffic that Etsy does, but, man, have they been good to me - lots of features, etc., love that they appreciate handweavers!) Also had a wonderfully successful Open Studios yesterday - thanks to everyone who stopped by! Back to weaving for me - have a big delivery to the deCordova Museum due tomorrow morning (eeps!).

1 comment:

Life Looms Large said...

Thanks for the reminder about that Twyla Tharp book. I need to look at it again.

It's funny, but when I weave I almost never get new ideas for weaving. When I see yarn however, I get a lot of ideas.

Congrats on your online selling success!!