Thursday, August 12, 2010

Creative Incubation

Sometimes I have to spend time in creative incubation. It's that time when I'm tired of making and I've run out of ideas.

It doesn't mean I don't have any more good ideas or that I can't still make. What it does mean is that I need to stop and rest awhile, seek out beautiful things, and just be.

Creative incubation is a very necessary part of being able to continue creating beautiful things. Think of creativity and creating like a long journey.

When traveling you have to stop sometimes. For meals, for bathroom breaks, and for gas. Creative incubation is like the stops along a journey.

Sometimes you're picking up creative inspiration by looking at beautiful things, making beautiful things designed by other people, or reading those scrumptious novels that make you laugh or cry.

Then there is the collection of images, stitch patterns, textures, colors, or yarn that has no purpose right now but may turn into something when you are done incubating.

Finally there is the purging of stuff that is holding you back or getting in the way of good design. The ideas with too much of what I call "neat factor." The things that make you say "That's neat" when you see them but really have no lasting value. The yarn that's pretty or awesome design sketches that really don't fit your ultimate design vision.

What do you do when you're incubating? What fuels your vision? What needs to be dumped and kept from holding you back?

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