Ask any artist. Creating can sometimes be very easy and effortless, but it can also be very difficult.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not complaining. I absolutely LOVE what I am doing and I am absolutely living my DREAM, but it’s not always easy. Just so you have an idea, I am currently designing, writing the patterns and knitting approximately 20 pieces in a 12 month timeframe. I can honestly say I am devoting my life to my craft right now. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Yes, I get to come up with great design ideas and turn them into beautiful knitted garments. But not all of my ideas are great. Not all of my ideas pass the very stringent approval process. Taking criticism and being told no is not always easy to take and my ego never has an easy time with it. But every time there is a no, there is an opportunity for a much better yes and a much better design as a result of it.
As an artist being told no to an idea, my ego’s first inclination is to take it personally and withdraw. Being told no can cause me to take a nose-dive and plummet immediately out of what I call “my creative bliss”. It takes a lot of practice and a lot of discipline to not give in to that inclination. I am extremely independent and have the tendency to want to do everything myself. I want to be the one with all of the great ideas. I have to remind myself that every collaboration leads to something possibly better and possibly something I hadn’t thought of.
This creative process, like my life, is an ongoing journey and I am constantly learning new and better ways to create both.
Happy knitting and thanks for being a part of my journey.