If you are a sewer, rug hooker, knitter, fiber or mixed-media artist or a crafter, then I already know without even really knowing you, without ever having visited your home, sewing space or art studio that you have way more supplies than you’ll probably ever use. There isn’t any kind of judgment in this statement. I understand. I’m right there with you.
Be warned, however, that having more “stash” does not make you more creative. As a matter of fact, having more stuff can actually work against your creativity.
Take, for example, those of you who have boxes and shelves full of fabric for patchwork. If, every time you walk past you fabric, you think, “QUILTS” then, without even realizing it, you have stifled your imagination.
Now, take another look at your fabric. What else could you do with it? If you weren’t a quilter and had access to all of your fabric and tools, what could you create? What new ways could you use the fabric besides cutting squares, rectangles, and triangles?
Sit down and make a list. No, really, a pen to paper list.
How many new, wonderful ideas can you come up with to use your fabric that has nothing to do with patchwork or quilting? What can you do with all of the supplies that you already have that will transform them, and your art, in a way that you can produce the unexpected, the unique, the creatively surprising? How can you change your quilting mindset to a fresh, resourceful and powerful way of thinking that will transport you from the familiar and into the stratosphere of an artist?
Of course, I used fabric and quilting as an example in this post, but no matter what your craft or art of choice, take time to regularly work with your supplies, your technique and skill set to make them do more for you, to push your supplies and your talent in unforeseen and unplanned directions.
Once you challenge and change the way you literally see your booty of creative tools, you allow yourself the freedom, and give your unconscious muses permission, to break out of what has always been expected and move into the infinite possibilities of new, exciting creativity.
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