"There is an Indian proverb that says that everyone is a house with four rooms. A physical, an emotional, a mental and a spiritual. Most of us tend to live in one room most of the time, but unless we go into every room everyday, even if only to keep it aired, we are not a complete person."

Rumer Godden 1907 - 1998

Monday, 13 April 2015


Firstly, thank you to everyone who commented on my blog last week, I feel so encouraged by the things I've read about this challenge both here and on other blogs.

This week challenge prompt is "Beginnings". I started to think about how I begin a new project as that's quite important to me currently. I realised that for everything I do that's creative (except my art and textiles) there's already a lot of knowns in place before I start. I'll know what I want to do, I'll have some sort of a pattern, plan, or a recipe, I'll have the tools and materials and I'll follow whatever directions I have.

For my art and textile work, I won't have a clue! I'll just have this sense that I want to create something. So here in words and pictures is a very basic outline about what I do when beginning a new piece of work.

Take some inspiring source material:

Add a few good books:

Look around favourite blogs for inspiring information:

Daily Practice Collage on the Committed to Cloth website

Add a meaningful quote:

"If you draw the way you stitch and stitch the way you draw it will be easier to make the transition from sketchbook to fabric" - Jean Draper 

Pull another book off the bookcase:

Grab some pens and coloured pencils, a new sketchbook for recording ideas:

And away you go! I only wish it was this simple, it is however a beginning. Its more towards releasing my artistic voice than I managed two weeks ago. I'm going to spend time later this week playing about with the coloured pencils and sketchbook and see where it takes me.


leigh said...

Ooh, now I'm looking forward to seeing the next step. My creative process goes like this: try, fail, learn, try again.

Gill Vieira said...

An interesting idea! Perhaps I need to pull out a sketch book & colour pencils...food for thought...x

Sarah ~ Crafts from the Cwtch said...

So inspiring Claire, I'm really looking forward to seeing more of this!!! Xx

Louise Tilbrook said...

I love your glass vases - I have a real thing for old glass with their wonderful soft colours.

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Helen said...

I love this - I want to fast forward to see where you take all those different sources!

Delusional Knitter said...

Can't wait to see where you go!!

Laura said...

Everything comes from simple, small beginnings, but sometimes they can be the hardest part. Looking forward to seeing how things flow onwards from here :)

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