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The part where you have to start…
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. Here’s a little about what she has to say about boxes:
“The box makes me feel organized, that I have my act together even when I don’t know where I’m going yet. It also represents a commitment. The simple act of writing a project name on a box means that I’ve started work”
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.