Saturday, August 1, 2009

there is hope for me afterall



I feel as if I have been in creative hibernation; the unproductive kind. It's been so long since I have picked up a pencil, paper and drafted a new pattern. Or since I've sewn anything really. I miss making my bear girls and wonder if I can even sew. Missing all my crafting material back home. Self doubt about my creative abilities. Do you ever feel like this?

When an inspiration or a design idea hits me, my wheels start churning and sometimes I can't even sleep well. I don't usually sketch my ideas first (not a good idea!), I just start cutting out pattern pieces and usually have to tweek it a few times before it looks vaguely acceptable. This is where for me I find plush making to be challenging. Flat pieces or ideas sketched can look so different once stitched and stuffed. Even the way it is stuffed can alter it's appearance quite a bit. Having the discipline to complete each version and give it a decent chance before I bin it takes a lot patience and I find this the most difficult part. Once I feel a pattern is complete the feeling is amazing. I get so excited about making them in the right fabrics, with all the little details that make each piece special.
This has happened to me a few days ago. I have been invited to particpate in an exhibit this year (more on that later) and it forced myself out of this hibernation and I think I'm pretty happy with my new plush sculpture. It is to be called "hunted fox" and she will adorn a little cloak scattered with leaves which will help camouflage and blend her into the forest. It still needs a bit of work, ears to be designed, complete hair embroidery on legs and the cloak needs to be designed and stitched but I'm pretty happy with the way she turned out. I hope you like her too.


13 comments:

  1. I loved reading about your creative process. Your vision and discipline really makes your dolls stand out. This hunted fox looks great! I know your dolls will be a wonderful addition to any exhibition. Hope you and the kiddies are enjoying merry o' England.

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  2. I always look forward to your posts. This little fox is definitely a winner although I hope that she eludes those hunters!:)

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  3. I'm so glad your creative side is back!! A lovely fox, he has an air of sophistication about him.

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  4. So good to see some more of your work! I absoultly love foxes and yours looks very cute! Can't wait to see the finished project.

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  5. Oh my goodness I found it so amazing that you question your creative ability considering you make some truly AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL projects. This fox is super cool, I can't wait to hear about the exhibition. I am sure the kidds are enjoying the no-sew mum though.

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  6. Love your work, as I own two of your creations. I hope you keep sharing.

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  7. Your fox is so sweet! I've really been into foxes lately. My daughter has been putting foxes into a lot of her drawings. I know what you mean about feeling a lack of creativity - I need to start something new, but I just haven't yet. I'll use you as inspiration now!

    I've really enjoyed all of your last posts. Do you think you'll be staying on in England then? Will you keep doing your etsy shop?

    xox

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  8. Ohhh...how precious! I really enjoy reading about your work, and I can't believe you even question yourself... Wow. I love my birdie! She sits on my jewelry box, and everyday it makes me smile. It's funny how such a sweet thing can make me feel content. Even though it only last a minute b/c then my 2 boys are usually up and need me! :)

    Take care! -Laura

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  9. oh i love the fox. beautiful work sara.

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  10. Thankyou for leaving a comment on my blog because now I have discovered yours! Your work is really lovely, the fox looks like a piece of art but my favourites are your bear girls so cute! All the best :)

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  11. I have been in creative hibernation too, sometimes I think it is needed. And the questioning of creative abilities - I think I have that everyday! But you really have no need to question yourself, your creations are so beautiful and unique.
    I loved reading about your creative process too. And your fox - she is truly beautiful. I love the detail ideas you have for her, i look forward to seeing her finished.
    x Rebecca

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  12. what a beautiful fox :) I truly enjoy reading your works :) keep them coming :)

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  13. I know how you feel, believe me.
    Having a little one around to tend after will completely wipe you out and then you don't have anything left to create with...no energy...no motivation...don't worry...as you know it will all come back...just like riding a bike...I LOVE your mohair bear...you are wicked talented!!! geez and that fox :) xoxo Big hugs

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