2/12/2009

Creative Slump

I've been in a true dry spell of creativity for the past few months. Ever since I finished up my craft shows for the season, which was in December, I just haven't had any mojo left. I had applied for the spring craft show, green with indie, hoping that it would inspire me and get my knitting needles moving. Unfortunately I didn't get in so I have the supplies I was planning on playing with and no fire to use them.

Don't get me wrong, I've still been knitting, but just with no real purpose or passion. I've been making some scarves for charity and some other mindless knitting. I know I'm not the first person to go through a creative bleak period and this time of year is always a bit bleak in general for me.

I have visions of some funky yet functional knitted jewelry but I've been having trouble getting into it. I was planning on devoting the next month to really knitting up the hemp and bamboo for the show but that seems futile now. I just don't know if there would be a market for it on-line. I have the supplies so I guess it doesn't hurt to try. I bought these fun Paper Mache Beads from one of my favorite crafty bloggers, My Art and the Mom in Me a month ago. I'm going to play with them this weekend with some colorful new hemp I got recently and see if I can get some inspiration going. I've got lots of other new beads that are desperately trying to get my attention but I've been too uninspired to hear them. Wish me luck for a productive and creative weekend on the horizon.

UPDATE: I was just reading some news on-line and came across this interesting article in Newsweek about how we process rejection. I think it is a great representation of how I'm feeling about my rejection from the "cool" craft show:
All American Reject: Whether it's a dating mishap or just being left out of an e-mail chain, why it's so hard to brush off even the slightest slight.

7 comments:

MySweetThree said...

Thank you so much for mentioning me and my beads, that is so sweet of you! I was just about to close my laptop and go to bed, so if I have sweet dreams, they're because of you.

I am wishing you lots and LOTS of luck for a productive and creative weekend!

GrayEyedScorpio said...

I feel similarly; no deadline to fire me up!
I might go for the first 30 minutes of the show tonight...I hate to miss it entirely.

Stormee said...

Don't let the "Blues" get you down. Make something small and that will get your wheels turning again. Make some knitted flowers or hair ties. I usually start a project that I reall am not that interested in to get me going. Once I start something I have to finish whether I like it or not so that makes me think about what I would like to do while I am doing what I don't like to do.

Jean9 said...

I am just starting to get creative, I have had a dry spell since before Christmas. I know its not easy but I try to relax about it and enjoy the time.

Lisa Human: Human Touch Designs said...

I love MySweetThree's paper mache beads. I think we all go through a creative slump every now and again... I've been so busy that I can't remember the last time I devoted time to my passions. Hang in there!

Nancy said...

If you inherited your red tomato from your grandmother I'm sure it holds a lot of sentimental value and inspiration already! Mine unfortunately is just a Walmart version. I hope you find some drive to create soon! When I'm feeling a bit defeated with no sales, etc...I think about the true point...I do it for me and no one else at the heart of it. Maybe it's time to make something for just you, that you love to kick yourself back into gear!

KarenSloan-WallFlowerStudio said...

Kristin's beads are great. I love the flower ones especially!
And, we all go through creative slumps. After an art show, I usually have what I refer to as "post partum". My unasked for advice would be to not force it too much; the feeling will come back! : )

 

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