Friday, June 30, 2006
Studio Friday - Time/Timing
"When we are in our studios. I find that I can't be in there everyday. Particularly when I have just finished something I feel drained and need a good break. I also find that there are only certain times of the day where the juices get flowing. I'd be interested to read/see what others think."
I needed to read this thought provoking topic several times (no pun intended) before I decided what aspect of time Jo was considering when writing it. I rarely have time to get into my studio so I usually can’t wait to get in there. Although sometimes when I do finally arrive I find that all my ideas have leaked out of my brain. Thank God for my journals.
I identify with Jo’s comment about the “drained” feeling after a big project. With me its a bit more not the studio I don’t want to go back into, but that I don’t want to “ever make another Japanese stab binding book for the rest of my life!” feeling. Whenever I feel drained that way - I “change-the-subject”. If I’ve been making books and working mostly with paper, scissors and glue, I’ll switch to acrylics or clay. Bookbinding typically requires more precision and is less forgiving: if the expensive Japanese paper doesn’t glue down perfectly the first time you don’t get a second chance. I have to be in the correct frame of mind for that type of work. So I’ll definitely switch to something like collage where I can merely paste something over a mistake or play with pastels: they are both totally free form mediums with no rules what so ever.
Now juice flow. There’s a real tough one to verbalize. I get inspirations at the oddest times and am not consistent. Its like a cosmic ray has to strike a certain brain cell to initiate a creative chain reaction. That’s why I always have a little journal with me, and now try to carry my iTalk voice recorder in the car. I also find if I’m in a rut that the harder I try to think of an idea, the more evasive it becomes. I’ve had some great ideas strike me in the middle of doing work that require my full concentration. Where was there space in my brain for that random idea to pop out? I don’t try to analyze it any more and take a really short break and write it down (provided I’m in a situation I can). If I’m stuck I will go for a walk with a "empty head". I’ll go check-in with the critters and see what they “tell me”.