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Creative space and actually creating [Mar. 4th, 2010|12:11 pm]

I am still thrilled to bits with my studio, which I continued to "feather" yesterday, and delighted that I will soon be sewing in there.

But one of the reactions I saw to sharing my pictures was, "I wish I had space for my crafts." It was a vivid reminder that we - all of us, me included - make limitations for ourselves where, really none should exist.

The best example of how such limitations are self-imposed is my buddy Craig. When John and I first lived in Fairbanks, we made friends with a great couple, Robin and Craig. Robin and Craig lived in the a tiny, lopsided cabin. The house consisted of a living room about the size of your average dorm room, one bedroom just large enough for their kingsized bed and a couple dressers, a small kitchen with just enough room for a breakfast table, and a tiny bathroom. The most spacious area was the artic entry, which served as storage for all the stuff they would have kept in a garage if they'd had a garage. Standing flat-footed, I could put both hands on the ceiling, palms flat.

In that tiny space, Craig ran a darkroom. He repaired, tuned, and waxed skis. He practiced his martial arts skills and went from novice to black belt in Tai Kwon Do. He crafted and finished a gorgeous blanket chest. He sewed gear for back country use. Together the two of them butchered a moose, cleaned and processed countless salmon, prepared for extensive trips, and probably some other skills I'm not remembering. Oh, and he played a mean guitar.

All of this in a space not as large as my living room.

Yes, practicing his Tae Kwon Do meant a lot of turning carefully and backing up so as not to kick through the TV. Yes, his craftwork meant that there were weeks on end of stepping over power tools in the middle of the floor. Yes, his darkroom meant lifting the developer out of the tub every day in order to shower (and then returning it to the tub because its alternate resting place was the toilet). Yes, it wasn't unusual to step the wrong way and create a domino fall of skis and poles. None of it fit neatly into the space. But he still did it. He still accomplished amazing and beautiful things, even without a dedicated space.

So don't give up. Don't get discouraged. You can still accomplish your dreams. You may just have to step sideways through a hallway to get there.

[User Picture]From: fortuna_juvat
2010-03-04 06:09 pm (UTC)
This is a great entry! A reminder that we all need to just go DO what we want to do, regardless of having the "proper" clothes/space/equipment.

Of course, feathering a special place to DO that thing just makes it all the more fun. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-05 02:26 am (UTC)
Yes, the feathering is definitely fun!
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[User Picture]From: walkertxkitty
2010-03-04 06:36 pm (UTC)
It's taken me YEARS to get my craft stuff squared away but I'm finally to the point where I can have room to work on projects, can find the pieces for said projects, and can actually make the time to get things done.

It takes work and dedication, often applied in small amounts, and it depends on how worth it to the person it really is to have space to create and time to create.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-05 02:29 am (UTC)
The time is really more important than the space.
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[User Picture]From: kathrynrose
2010-03-04 07:34 pm (UTC)
My mind is broken. Here's how this comment has evolved:

I first typed "You continue to inspire..." Then I thought, "Yeah, she breathes in and out. You're a dork. Write something better.

Then I typed "You're my hero." Which you often are, in that you inspire me and you seem to be super woman, but then I thought that sounded a little fan-girlish.

Then I thought about the super woman comment, and how you need a cape, and that the cape should be patchwork, like a quilt. And I realized I was sitting here staring at an empty comment box.

I'm a dork.
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[User Picture]From: custardfairy
2010-03-04 07:53 pm (UTC)
The Quilted Qusader?
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2010-03-05 01:28 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-05 02:32 am (UTC)
I at least have this icon. ;-)

Seriously, though, thanks so much!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-05 02:35 am (UTC)
Glad to inspire!
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[User Picture]From: mplsindygirl
2010-03-05 03:04 am (UTC)
I posted photos of my work space for you over on my journal.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-05 03:23 am (UTC)
Great pictures. Thank you for sharing!
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