I was thinking today about my "Why"? Why is it that when I have a day off from work, the first thing I want to do is make a To-Do list in my studio? Why is it that all my Christmas gifts start at DickBlick's and the Fabric Shack? Why are vacations required to be creative rather than relaxing? Why? Why? Why?? (And yes for this discussion my Why will be a capitalized noun...why?? because I think my Why is that important!)
I think from time to time its good to re-examine your "Why". Why look at your Why?? It will help you keep motivated to complete goals you've set. It will help you establish new directions that better align with your Why. It is a good way to explain to others your passion.
Need some suggestions about why we create?
- To Make things is fun and relaxing....to conceive an idea, execute it, see it come to fruition has a lot of entertainment value
- To Bring order from chaos......So many things in our lives are out of our control. When we create we are in the driver seat and bring things together in a meaningful way
- To Create beauty where there is not. Am I the only one tired of seeing what the world considers beautiful on tv??? There is so much more to beauty than botax faces and perfect thighs. Art can show that.
- To Say what words can not. Not everyone wants to spell things out in a written work or a speech. Art is a way to work though thoughts, emotions etc
- To make a cultural, societal, political statements....contrary to popular belief there are other ways to express your opinion than on Twitter and Facebook
- To get a feeling of accomplishment and self worth...there is a lot to say about adding to your skill set which feeds into your confidence which is reflects in other parts of your life.
- To Contribute to culture and society...so not only can your art entertain you, but it can entertain or enlighten your neighbor. (Granted your neighbor might not want to be enlightened, but that is a whole other post entirely)
So those should get you started. For me, the biggest Why is because I have to. I always have and I'm sure most artists will say that too. Now it took till I was 26 to settle on fabric as my life long passion but before that I played the flute and piano, was editor of my college literary magazine (yes I use to write a LOT of poetry), did a ton of needlework and doodling etc. All of that was before I realized that I was a creative person. I also love the process of starting and finishing a project and saying "See What I did" even if what I did is not that hot. Also, I love trying to find the answer to "What If". So many times in life we are driven by other people's wishes. When I'm in my studio, I'm Queen and I can ask myself "What if" as many times as I want.