Friday, July 14, 2006

Craft as mental work-out

Since working on the shirt bag, I've been thinking about how much I enjoy the process of making things. And not just the actual putting it together and seeing how it turns out, but also the whole figuring-out-how-to-do-it part.

That is so much fun. Problem-solving. Brain storming. I love doing that. Either just doing it in my head, or sitting down with my sketchbook to write down a few ideas, sketch them and then see where they take me. The result is always surprising.

Sometimes I keep coming back to the same first idea, which tells me, then, that it was the right one all along. Other times the right idea is exactly the opposite, but nomatter which it is, I think it's always very interesting, and rewarding, to go through that whole process.

In the case of the shirt bag, it wasn't so much developing an idea as it was figuring out the more "technical" aspects: adding zippers, making internal pockets (with zippers) and other things.

It's very satisfying to figure out how to do something, to have that "Heureka" moment - and then to see it come together how you imagined. That's absolutely terrific, and I feel like my brain get a jog as well, figuring it all out. ;-)

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Ok. Tomorrow we're off to a small island (Rømø) here in Denmark, it's by the North Sea, and I just can't wait. I don't think I've ever been there before, so I'm looking forward to seeing it and looking forward to T seeing something different of Demark too. I think I'll let my inner child out to play: buy some buckets so we can build some sandcastles! And take lots and lots of pictures of course!

Have a happy weekend!

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