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This week in the Humblebeads studio seasons have been on my mind. I’m in a bit of a limbo, wanting to create Spring and Summer inspired jewelry, but being mindful that so many of my current deadlines are for fall issues of magazines. It’s hard to switch gears when I’m dreaming of flowers blossoming on trees, urchins and starfish in tide pool, to focus on the changing hues of fall, with leaves, darker tones and earthy designs. I’ll get there, just like seasons on the calendar I go through seasons in the creative process.
Some days, it’s like planting seeds at the end of spring. Ideas need time to germinate and grow, beads are needed – gathered and organized or disorganized. I may not know what will come of the gathering or letting the ideas sit, but I trust that the seeds of creativity will blossom again when I’m ready.
During other seasons ideas are ripe for the picking and I need my sketchbook to contain them all before they fade away like a summer sunset.
And there are times when a season comes to a close, when I can feel change approaching like a crisp autumn day. There are times to say goodbye to old ideas and trust that letting go of some things gives way for the next season.
There are seasons of the barren winter, when new ideas are sparse and I have to draw from ideas already picked and in the storehouse. Creating new variations of tried and true designs or working through times of heavy production-mode, when new creations are far and few between.
Unlike the calendar, these creative seasons come and go without an order or predictability. It has taken many years to understand that in my creative life, I can not do all things at all times but I trust and give way to where I am at in the process.
So where are you at in the creative process? Ideas bursting forth like ripe summer fruit? Is it a time of gathering and planting as in the spring? Is there change on the horizon like the autumn chill? Or is it a time of using ideas from the storehouse during a winter in your creative life?
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