Welcome to December. It’s my favorite time of the year and I hold each day as the precious gift it is. I wish I did this year-round but I’m more successful in the fall and winter. This year has special significance for me because next week I finish 9 years of blogging. On the surface, it’s just a blog. But for me, it’s been a path towards my most sacred self. To all of you who have been part of this 9 year journey, thank you for your company. It’s been a privilege.❤️ We are now onto the 2nd month of the 12-month, 365-day creativity challenge. The first month was relatively easy because of the excitement of starting something new, and the expectation that accompanies everything new, that of immediate reward. We don’t know what the reward will be, but we expect them instantly nevertheless. I feel the satisfaction of having shown up as I promised to do. And it makes me feel really great to end every day here, talking about my favorite topic, creativity and the journey towards it.
So here we are in the 2nd month! If you haven’t been able to follow the challenge every day because of time or commitment constraints, it’s okay. Do it when you want to. Do it when you can. Do it on days you feel like it. Do the ones that resonate with you. Go gently.
I have a Collectivitea-themed creative prompt for today, the first day of the second month of the 365 day creativity challenge. We are going to design a wood block print. Teak or mango wood blocks are carved with patterns which are then hand-stamped/ printed on textiles using color dyes. Talk of block prints is often accompanied by an eye roll these days. It seems like everyone, and their friends are running a block printing business. Block prints are also sometimes seen as dated, and not in tune with the demand for sleeker, more contemporary textile design. Whatever the gripe that some may have with block printing, this long-standing, multi-step and collaborative artisanal tradition continues to have a devoted fan base. Present company included.
Day 31: Imagine that you are a designer. Maybe you already are. If you’ve never thought of yourself as one, here’s your chance! Your creative exercise today is to create a pattern or design for a textile, specifically that which can be carved onto a wooden block and used for printing. Popular motifs are drawn from nature (leaves, flowers, vines, trees, peacocks, etc.), or are mandalas. Paisley patterns are also immensely popular. Your goal is to design a wood block print. Make it as simple or as complex as you’d like. Draw it out/ paint it into your journal. I’ve included a few of my photographs. Use them as inspiration or imagine your own!
Go For It: Design a repeat pattern and fill the page of your journal.
To share how you are interpreting these creative prompts or following the challenge, please use the hashtag #ctea365 on social media and /or leave me a comment below. – Priya
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