You Will Do Foolish Things, But Do Them With Enthusiasm – Dailies #78

Click on the pretty pretty picture to read more…it’s a long one.

When I started to make the Dailies, I had some specific creative challenges that I wanted to bust through. I didn’t know how long I could keep on doing them. I didn’t set a time limit, because that wasn’t the important part. Creative energy needed to be funneled in a direction. And it was. And just as suddenly, I didn’t feel the need to keep doing things the same way.

I have surfed the manic crest of the Dailies wave as long as I can. A not-so-dramatic confluence of events has me stepping back to reevaluate things. (A funeral! A 12 hour journey each way with a two year old to said funeral! Seasonal change depression/anxiety tailspin! Everyone in the family coming down with colds- twice! And MORE!) Yeah, it’s time for a little break.

This may sound a but woo woo crazy to you, but I had a dream that gave me a glimpse at exactly what I should be making. My life’s work, if you will. I truly believe that if you take enough cold medicine, you too can have dreams that will tell you what to do.

By creating the Dailies, I figured out what to make next. It helped me work through some things and bring other things to a head. Best of all, it pointed me in the right direction for the things to make next. The Dailies that I am happiest with are the ones that I got to spend the most time on. I need to spend more time on fewer pieces. I’m excited to begin, but in order to do that, I need to spend my limited creating time on what counts the most.
Weirdly, I’ll still be working on textile art every single dang day. It’s just going to take me longer than a day to complete a piece.

I’m working on getting some of the original Dailies in the shop (hopefully by November 4th! Send me a message if you have your eye on something or want it pushed to the top of the list!) and prints are already there (with more being added all the time).

New work will continue at as rapid a pace as I can manage…just not finishing something every single day.

About Claire

Absolutely Small is textile artist Claire Chambers. Claire Chambers is a crazy-pants artist/crafter who spends most of her time indoors, very near to Portland, Oregon. She likes making people laugh, chickens and pugs, and writing about herself in the third person. She is utterly obsessed with making things out of fabric.


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