Keeping a Creative Journal – is it really worth it?
Becoming a textile artist didn’t just happen. There were so many things to learn, about myself, about how I work, my style, what excites me and most importantly, what doesn’t excite me! So many questions requiring answers, only I could answer. Answers that eventually led me in the right directions for me.
Make it beautiful and make it yours! Presentation is integral to me.
Keeping a Creative Journal became my ‘safe haven’, consolidating ideas as well as honing the habits of routine and consistency.
I began keeping this journal in 2009 and worked on it over the next year or so. It became my ‘safe haven’, where I consolidated ideas and inspiration, as well as forging routine and consistency. The huge plus for me with this Journal, was that everything was kept in one place. There are inspiring quotes, magazine clippings, workshop notes, colour swatches, new design ideas, research, stitch samples and just to make it personal, a few family photos too. I love looking back through what I did all those years ago. It’s very me and so it should be.
So the answer to my opening question, is keeping a Creative Journal really worth it?
It’s a resounding yes.
It’s a commitment to what you want/need to do. It takes time, but that time, in my opinion, is well spent. So join me as I share a short journey through my Creative Journal of 2009.
I love words and quotes…..They have such power….
Researching Robert Southey and his epic poem Madoc, led me to a paper by Virginia MacKenny entitled Blue – A Shifting Horizon. If you have time, grab a coffee and enjoy.
Sample, sample, sample…..It’s the only way to learn. Stitch samples are an endless resource….
Showing the process from sketch to stitch….
Learning to work with colour in thread….
Looking back on this journal ten years later is tantalising. It’s definitely me and there are designs I want to revisit, but I’m still working towards that elusive goal. I think that’s the secret. To always have that hunger, to want to keep going, do better and try to achieve that quest!
Cathy Jack Coupland, Australian Textile Artist