Friday, January 31, 2014

Look Both Ways

I'm not much into New Year's Resolutions and all that but what I have found the past few years is that a New Year's Theme works best for me. In the past, I have had verbs like "collaborate" or "try". In trying to come up with this year's word, I thought a lot about what it means to be a creativity coach. One thing stands out to me. That if I am going to coach others about their creativity, I have to be creative myself. How simple is that? Yet I know people who are trying to encourage others and haven't picked up a ___, sat down at ___, or turned on their ___, in months or years. Crazy, huh?

So this year's theme is not "create". No, that would be too simple. This year's theme is "Project". It can be a noun or a verb. So projecting into the future, I am going to share some projects with you. I'll share the creative process. How do I come up with ideas? How those ideas become reality? How do I address the problems that arise? I will show you the step-by-step process with photographs and instructions.

This will be a stretch for me.  It will force me to remember to take photographs, and to break things down into parts. Then I will have to explain those parts in a way you can not only understand but repeat and follow, if you want. I will have to show my mistakes. I will have to create within a time frame so that I don't lose your interest. I'll have several things going on at once since that's the way I work.

My first Project will be a tote bag made from an old wool sweater. So watch this space!

(Sorry it's been so long. We had a death in the family.)