If you’ve been visiting here for a while (thank you) you know I’m a big fan of Twyla Tharp’s book The Creative Habit – particularly the box method. I’m overwhelmed with projects right now and that makes me a little frantic and anxious. Anxiety makes it hard to focus which produces more anxiety etc. etc.
“Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity” – T. S. Elliot
I’ve never been good at moving multiple things forward and the boxes help immensely with that – they contain the projects in more than a physical way. This past Saturday I devoted an hour to gathering and boxing.
I chose a collection of Japanese textiles (courtesy of Sri) for toadstools, owls and hummingbirds and antique garment fragments in shades of black for 2 dastardly owls. The search focuses me and spending time ironing ( which I secretly love) starts to slow my brain down; as I make my little piles, put them in their boxes and write the project name on the tag I feel forward progress, ideas that were vague start to solidify, panic recedes and I feel better and clearer about the coming too busy week – enthusiastic even.
A finished hummingbird – photographed in one of my favorite spots – the side of my tool chest. I think the patina of the wood and the light give it a stillness and trompe l’oeil feel I like.