How do you jumpstart your inspiration and creativity? How do you get rid of a creative block? All of us go through days when we feel like we are in creative funk or have a creative block, and there are no new ideas or thoughts, don’t we? How do you cope with that and what do you do to make it go away? The simplest thing that I do to jumpstart my creative thinking is take a lot of hot showers! The shower is my time for clearing my head, getting my thoughts in order, and having that ‘Eureka’/lightbulb moment when ideas click together. But given California’s drought situation, long or multiple showers are out of the question. The next option is to find the local flea market but these days, you end up seeing more plastic products than anything else!
I am most inspired when I see vintage fabrics- they provide a visual punch that reaches into the deepest wells of my creativity and disperse any mental fog (sorry about all the mixed metaphors!). Ideally, every time I feel dull or uninspired, I would step out into an open air market full of vendors hawking colorful, handmade products. Figurines, pots and pans, paintings, baskets, puppets, fabrics and tapestries. I love vintage fabric tapestries stitched together from embroidered cloth remnants, especially those from Northern India (especially the Ladakh region) and from Tibet. These tapestries and other vintage fabrics provide me with a jumpstart like no other- it’s something about the way different types of colors and fabrics are stitched together to make the whole tapestry. Each segment is beautiful and preserves its individuality while contributing to the gorgeousness of the entire piece. For some people, it’s art or a book or meditation or a walk but for me, it’s being surrounded by these fabrics. I live in Northern California and there are stores and vendors here that I visit or reach out to when I need that visual punch. Which brings us to the point of todays post.
In honor of these beautiful but often under-appreciated works of art, I want to share with you a recent tapestry find. It’s in a trendy mint green-pale green color and is an exuberant display of joy, color and creativity. It makes me happy to just look at it. My first thought on seeing it was that it’s perfect for April- it reminds me of the green leaves replacing the flowers on the trees, of gelato, of blue skies and bright sunshine, and of new beginnings. What you can see is just one small rectangular section of the tapestry and in this part, there are blooming, half-medallion flowers (daisies and marigolds?). I am going to share with you just one section at a time and then come April, I will share pictures of the entire tapestry. It’s something fun for all those of you that love vintage fabrics, sewing and embroidery and also, for anyone that loves colors and creativity. I hope you will follow along on this small journey.
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