Thursday, November 26, 2009
Nineteen years ago, I was tossing up between two short courses offered by the Centre for Adult Education. The first was an intensive screenprinting course and the second was titled Stop Procrastinating, Now! The best solution, I wisely figured, was to deal with the procrastinatory issues and then dive headlong into the messy stuff with ink. Pah! Last Sunday I finally got around to the first of that two day screenprinting course.
This Sunday is all about using some processes and learning to fly – a bit. We have homework – a design to prepare. I am awful without a brief. All the possibilities, all the prediction and second guessing over which solution will be earth-shattering, world-changing, climate cooling. Can you hear the dreaded, debilitating, ugly, perfectionist gene rearing it’s head after a long, (prompted by kid arrival and necessity), sabbatical? The self-sabotage version follows closely behind. With only two days to vaguely test the screenprinting waters, you’d think I’d cut myself some slack and get on with it.
I have endless ideas and none of them the ‘one’. My Mum, who knows nearly everything, has advised me to ‘design for the bin’. Enjoy the process, expect some disaster, shout out loud at the wins, embrace the happy accidents, see the curve balls. Learn. Inspired by this (sign up now!) Swap*, I ordered an excessive thirty linen tea towels. A tea towel provides at least a bit of a brief. Thirty blank canvases of potential. Or not.
I’m giving it a whirl.
* Fear not, fellow Swappees, these are for practise play only (we have a lot of wet dishes).
Hop over to Kirsty’s to see some no-pussyfooting-around Creative Spaces...
EDIT: 100% linen tea towel ‘blanks’ available from here!