Inspiration Buzz

Today I bought another Deb Menz video, this one is: Color Magic, Color Families, and as usual, she is awesome. Deb is such an amazing teacher! I have a naturally good eye for putting colors together, at least that's what people tell me, but this video is teaching me a lot about how colors work and how to use/make them to achieve specific goals. I love learning from people who really know their stuff, especially when they are good teachers. I highly recommend this video for anyone working with color, even just for fun. For me, it will help me with the yarn and fiber dyeing to bring you more amazing colors, and also with designing great patterns to go with those yarns. The video download is just $10.00 right now and it is worth way more! You can buy it through the interweave store here: http://tinyurl.com/nwvusr3.

The last few days have been stuffed with inspiration for me.  I'm almost physically buzzing with so many new ideas. I love when these creative highs happen, it's when my most awesome stuff comes about (if I do say so myself). The universe feeds me with inspiration for a time, it's almost like a drug, making me float on a natural high. Then I gather my creative tools of choice and start playing and experimenting. It's a big release, and can be hugely satisfying, but also draining. It's a fascinating cycle.

Some of my recent inspiration started the other night at the knitting guild meeting. We had a wonderful presentation by fiber artist, Brecia Kralovic-Logan. She was presenting about some of her upcoming classes in creative knitting and crochet and showed us an array of some of her gorgeous free form garments. They included knitted, crocheted, woven elements and hand dyed silks, etc. You can read more about Brecia and purchase her book The Spiral of Creativity: Mastering the Art of a Spirited Life. here: http://www.breciacreative.com/

Then yesterday I bought a new stitch dictionary at the bookstore and I'm so tickled with it. If you like to design your own knitting, I highly recommend this book: Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary: More than 150 stitch patterns to knit top down, bottom up, back and forth, and in the round by Wendy Bernard. It is amazing. She has instructions for both flat and in the round, and some stitch patterns even have instructions for creating from top down and bottom up, in both flat and in the round. The most complete and useful stitch dictionary I have ever seen! You can find her book on Amazon here: http://tinyurl.com/m4ws9mp

Now, today, I bought this video class on color that I spoke about above. Look out world! Over the next few months I'm going to be creatively exploding with new products, colors, designs, etc. I can't wait to see what I come up with!

meraki

I have several passions in this life, but the one that drives me to create is fiber. I adore the textures of the different fibers, the different qualities they possess and how I can manipulate them into something beautiful. I love that I can dye them, and blend them, and spin, weave and knit them, and the exact process I choose determines the outcome. A hundred different things could have happened, perhaps a thousand, but each creation comes to be because of the choices I make, or the choices my heart makes for me and my hands blindly obey.

Each creation is like a new birth. It starts as a pile of fluff, embryonic, and goes through stages of development. Cleaning, preparing, dyeing, spinning and then using the yarn to create something with yet another technique. And as with children, we cherish each stage they go through, and cry when they outgrow it. It is heartbreaking, and joyous at the same time. I fall in love with the fiber all over again at each stage, because they are all beautiful, and mourn their loss when they grow into the next phase, and then start the cycle again.

All along the way I put my heart and soul into these creations. Many of my products have a dozen hours in them, some have scores. Whatever energy or entity I am channeling during it's creation is what makes it interesting, what gives it that dissonance, or resonance, that makes good art. It's how it gets it's own personality and identity.

I recently came across this word, translated from Greek, and I love it.
meraki
(n.) the soul, creativity, or love put into something; the essence of yourself that is put into your work