The other day I saw a TV commercial which proclaimed: "Marijuana. The all natural painkiller." Or something to that effect. I couldn't stop laughing -- there is something quintessentially California about that type of statement ... both in taking itself seriously, and in poking fun of California's image as a place friendly to most things "all natural," and all things marijuana.
My brother was telling me his preferred method for falling asleep at night. "I start recounting the things that happened to me that day ... and I never make it to the end of the day. I always put myself to sleep." That set me off laughing like crazy, too.
Trying to round out the colors in my wardrobe!
And you know how I've been falling asleep of late? I fix in my mind some garment that I want to create. Then I mentally walk myself through every last step it would take, visualizing it from start to finish. "OK, so first I'd have to use tracing paper to trace out the front bodice. Then I'd need to widen the shoulders by 1/2" and raise the neck by 2" ... let's imagine placing the ruler down ..." And you know what? I never can finish constructing the garment in my mind. Like my brother recounting of the day's activities, I put myself to sleep through sheer boredom.
Isn't it true though? Technically speaking, sewing (or knitting) one's own garments is decidedly not an interesting activity to partake in. Frankly, one could say that there is quite a bit of tedium involved. Yet somehow it is also intensely creative, immensely satisfying, and oddly addictive. There's a reason we keep pushing ourselves forward in this pursuit. Any art or craft has a creative component and a technical component - we wield our technical skills towards a creative vision, and somehow in the process of diving into the creative flow of things it is no longer about the technical component but rather about innovation, improvisation, inspiration.
Usually when people ooh and aah over the things I make, I wave off the compliments with a flippant "You could do it too!" I guess I keep thinking about the technical side of things - it wouldn't be too hard to teach them to use a sewing machine or how to knit and purl. I don't give enough credence to the creative side as well. Yes, we could both sew a straight seam, but you and I would pick two very different fabrics for that pattern, I might choose contrast piping and you'd go with tiny buttons, I'd want a long hem and you'd opt for a miniskirt. And I'm guessing the secret behind this trick for battling insomnia is that I've already fixed on what the project will look like, so that my mind has already gotten out the "fun" components of the project, and all I'm left with is the tedium, the technical.
Hm. One wonders how I will feel about those projects, once I finally tackle them.