Thursday, November 26, 2009

My Creative Space: Design For The Bin



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!

30 comments:

Amanda said...

I hope you fall upon that idea soon enough!!! I am sure it will be fab. once it hits you :)...

Good Luck

Liam's Mummy said...

Perfectionism and Procrastination (often caused by the perfectionism illness) are two of my biggest hurdles. A wise man told me that you should not aim for perfect, you need to aim for the illusion of perfect.

Jodie said...

oooh, where did you get your tea-towels....you may have just solved my Christmas dilemna!!

One Flew Over said...

I'm sure that whatever you print will be stunning! I'm participating in that swap too - should be fun!


I'm with Jodes...where DID you get those tea towels froM??

Mel said...

Oh you have totally summed up my creative process to a capital T! Oh and I'm with everyone on the whereabouts of the tea towels ... though I'm gathering you have all of them? =)

And BTW whatever your process is it ALWAYS seems to produce AMAZING stuff at the end so just go with it!

ecoMILF Meagan said...

I triple the question- where did you get those tea towels from? I just joined the swap. I have butterflies in my tummy now!! The pressure is on!! xo Meagan.

Cosy said...

This sounds very exciting! I look forward to hearing how it works out (no pressure!).

Just like everyone else, please let us know where you bought your teatowels.

Carolyn x

Michelle said...

Sounds like a great course. Hope you come up with a design, and have fun at the same time.

CurlyPops said...

Ha ha I thought you were actually designing a bin when I read the title for your post.
Your mum is one smart lady!

Andi said...

Your mother is very wise!!!

FWOG. A blog. By Fi and Wendy. said...

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As Ellen DeGeneres says, I think we should all procrastinate now. And I will bet that each of those 30 blank canvases is going to look brilliant.
W

Sandrine said...

What a gret project!Your mum sounds like someone with lots of sense...the clever gene runs in the family!:)Did you have to order thirty something linen towels to be aable to order?

Kylie said...

I'm going to print out and frame your mum's advice... what a wonderful woman! Love the idea of this project and I want in!! Just managed to embarrass myself on both Sooz and Kate's blogs with trying to sign up for it all only to discover that they've totally filled their order... Ho hum. Noiw hoping I can be in on the 2nd order. Your photos are just divine Tania. K x

Sally said...

Love your mother's advice.
I hope you have lots and lots of fun with it all :)

Christie said...

oh, i did screen printing in hight school, i'd love to do a course

i'm doing the swap too, can't wait to see what you produce

Cherry said...

What a wise Mum you have. Would love to see the teatowels when they are done.

beck said...

Oh how fun. I love a blank page like that. I bet you will love the class, think of all the great things you can do when you know how!! Re your collection. It reminded me of a friend I went to school with who was blind in one eye so had a fake one instead. It was the source of a lot of pranks. Oh, fun days!! Loved the first photo...excellent shot! xo

Nikki Cardigan said...

You need to do what you tell your children to do.... LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER!

xxxx

m.e (Cathie) said...

hehee, I thought you had a bin going too!
whatever you do Ms T is always fabulous...you just do it with alot of that procrastinating mixed in :)

Neen said...

I love your strawberry picture. Looking forward to seeing the tea towels which I'm certain will be amazing and definitely not destined for the bin.

Lauren said...

Onya Mum! She's absolutely right. This creative stuff is a gutsy business. I did at first think you had designed some fabric reusable binliners at first though and I was pondering that... I love screenprinting too. Its a most satisfying crafty medium.

V for Violet said...

Oh I LOVE your Mum's idea. I'm going to use that!!!! Good luck with your designing for the bin! xx

brownhairblueribbon said...

So glad you are tea towel swapping too! And speedy getting started on the practice prints!
I am still day dreaming ideas in the shower.
Might call my Mama and see what she says..

pennygj said...

When do we lose the ability to 'play'? To run the risk of failure in the pursuit of learning something new. I struggled in my first year as a mature student at Art School because i felt everything I produced had to be 'the thing'. It was only when I allowed my self a little messy play that things started to come together. Hope you have a great time and even if you are less than happy with the results, they'll still dry dishes just as effectively! P x

Umatji said...

oo - blank canvas - I think there is nothing more exciting or more threatening sometimes - enjoy and hope sabatical is long luxerious and indulgent... Hmm oh one day!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

I know you'll make something striking and stylish and I look forward to seeing it all .I hope you have a great time ! Enjoy !!

virtualquilter said...

I think I like your Mum ........ we are allowed to make mistakes even if all we learn is not to make that mistake again.
I need to get that last bit right!
Judy B
PS I have been reading your blog for quite awhile, and enjoy it a lot. Thanks!

Alisa : Ink Caravan said...

What a brilliant Mum, such sage advice, such a cool free ethic. Maybe screen printing naked would divert the perfectionist self, forcing you to hurry and stopping you getting bogged down at all. Subverting the perfectionist gene can require drastic action after all... Just don't ask me what I've done! : D

Cath from chunkychooky said...

have yu seen the movie garbage warrior- he talks a lot about how we need to experiment and fail in order to invent new things... I agree.

craftschmaft said...

What a wise woman your mum is! I can't wait to see what you come up with Tania, I'm sure it's going to be incredible. You've inspired me to sign up for the swap... I could do with a break from socks to be honest and haven't been this excited about a new project in ages. Thank you!