Was it my muse, or my imagination, or some other sort of divine message that woke me up the other morning? I can’t say for sure, but I was given a beautiful spark of a tiny tapestry design. I felt an intense calling to get out of my warm bed and warp that second little loom I just bought that’s been sitting there, waiting to fulfill it’s purpose. The blizzard roared outside my window. My feet hit the floor. I meditated, washed my face, tidied my wild hair, and settled in for a day of weaving.
And that’s usually how all of my ideas come; a flash of an image, equivalent to turning on a light in a dark room. In fact, if the idea isn’t fully formed in my mind’s eye, I wont have the inspiration to start. That’s usually how I can tell when an idea is ready to come into the world; I will feel an itch, a kick in the pants if you will, to begin creating it. I’ve tried sketching out ideas and designs, mixing the elements together that I want to work with. But if the idea isn’t there from the get go, I simply wont have the dedication to complete the weaving. Usually I have to just let it go, give it some time and space, go for a walk, do some knitting. And when I least expect it, it just seems to drop from the sky.
So what I mean by weaving (or creating) from the heart is this; I’m not forcing anything. As artists we’re told to make what sells, to be on trend, to find your audience and market, especially if this is how we’re making a living. I really don’t want to put that kind of pressure on my creativity, although I would LOVE to just be a stay-at-home weaver and weave the bazillion designs I have in my head instead of working a full time retail job. That job, however, has it’s perks, and allows me absolute freedom to create for my heart and soul.
My ideas will probably always be whimsical and have a slightly cartoony design to them. And I’m learning to be okay with that. It’s my personal style, what I see in my imagination, what wants to be created and brought into the world. And when I create in this way, I know I’m working with my hands and my heart, and staying true to who I am as an artist.
How do you create from the heart?
I hope this inspires you to keep creating!