Friday, May 23, 2014
Self doubt. All but the most confident or foolish are subject to it and it can stop us in our tracks. It has prevented me from moving forward more times than I can say and is something I struggle to overcome. This happens a lot when I'm starting any kind of new project in the sewing room. Even if I'm familiar with a process I can second guess decisions until I'm totally stuck. Not a good place to be.
I don't like this tendency that I have and yet I'm constantly trying out new things. Jill of all trades and mistress of none. I don't have a quilting style because of this need to push my own boundaries always trying new things. If you take a look at my quilts page you'll get some idea of what I'm talking about. Colors and styles all over the map. I don't have a niche. I'm not a 30's reproduction girl, or a Civil War quilter, not modern or applique. Most everyone I know has a style they love and are comfortable with. They have become expert in their style and are confident in their skills.
More often than not I don't work from a pattern but just wing it taking my inspiration from all the great work I've seen. Sometimes I'll start with a pattern in mind but never stick to it faithfully. My projects hardly ever end up the way I first envision them when I started. Once I try a new technique and feel I've understood the process I might never revisit it, it's all about trying things out for me but it doesn't seem to be about mastery.
The only thing I'm pretty sure of is that I have diligently worked on improving my piecing skills. But as far as true creativity goes, I'm doubtful. What are your thoughts on the creative process? How do you approach a new project? Let's talk about self doubt and creativity.
Until next time,