This is the non-glamorous side of my art studio. My son and I taped off a 10′ square on the driveway, set up five pieces of display furniture, and moved them around. We tossed questions between us.
What are you putting on this? Do you want this painted? Can you get behind this? Will people be able to touch it? How far can this be seen? How high can we put this? Will this fit in the car?
Fibergig, the business portion of my studio, is preparing to be a vendor at this year’s national gathering of Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. This is a bold move for me; I seek help from reliable sources. My son Joe is a superb logistician and a strong man. We answered all the questions we could through our spatial encounter.
Will this work? We think it will. How do you plan space?
I like being in that place between work and play. It is not a blurry, ill-defined place for me. It is where my imagination is happy, and often, productive. I create games that make my work more playful. And I have a new one.
It is called “I own it; I use it.” It is less than a week old, but I like what it is doing for me. I received an inquiry for burgundy and gold Christmas stockings. I have suitable fabric in my stash. There is a vegetable soup simmering in my kitchen, created from what was in the refrigerator and the pantry. There is nothing new about what I am doing. What is new is the focus. And my attitude.
If I am simply using up what I have, I can miss the pull of another shopping experience. When I am playing my game, I feel empowered by my choices. I have collected these materials and equipment and today I am choosing to use them for what is required now. The game is not about stuff. It is about my attitude. I believe it is part of my journey to discovering my own “enough.”
Do you want to play? What have you used today that has delighted you?
I typically chose focus words at the beginning of each year. The words shape my days. They serve as a measuring stick for my activites. They remind me that when I pursue non-urgent activites, I am often doing what is really important to me.
This year I chose play, prepare, and produce. Recently I added pace to the group. I have been more mindful of myself during my creative process. Play, prepare, and produce are elements of that process that needed to be brought up several notches.
The addition of pace is to remind me that between pushiness and procrastination there lies a wonderful land of opportunity. A place where unfinished objects can be completed or reconsidered. A space where two creative ideas can be fused into a good pursuit. Pace is a breath of exploration. It is the pulse of routine.
A wise man once said to me, “Norma, get moving, but move slowly.” I am moving. Now let the pace be appropriate!