If I was the emperor, I’d be tossing people out of windows all day because I’ve lost my groove.

Oh my goodness I’m back. Sort of. I’m still very much trying to get things back to normal and remember how my hands work and trying to get into the studio to actually make something. It’s been a long process. With my exercise practice, I’ve lost a lot of flexibility, and I have to start over at the beginner level. I feel like the same thing has happened to my creative practice. I think I’m going to have to do some life sketches or make a batch of basic Chickenpants or something to get back in the groove.
Chickenpants at the Oregon Vortex
I’m still over here, just looking at the groove like, “Huh. That looks like…a LOT of work. I’ll just maybe sleep in one more day…”

I had a bunch of ideas before I left, and I had a direction! I knew WHAT I was doing on a given day! It was pretty great. And now…I have forgotten all that and I’ve got to figure it out again. I’m trying to look at this as a golden opportunity to see and do things differently, but it’s hard not to freak out. I have a very loud voice in my head that says “WORK! WORK! WORK! Make salable goods that connect to the previous EVERY DAY! Or else they’ll forget about you thus invalidating all the work you have done so far!”

That voice is pretty annoying.

Now, I am going to go do some sketches and start sewing one thing to another thing. I will establish a new! even better! groove. With more buttons!
Home is where the chickens are!

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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