Yesterday I was writing an artist’s statement — something which always give me the heebie-jeebies — and as I was doing so a thought occurred to me.
My thought is that I generally make better progress with my weaving if I don’t say too much about the inspiration and design process. This is rather unfortunate in a blogger, but I then thought that perhaps my first thought is not entirely true… After all, I documented my P2P2 project and saw it through to the end. Although looking back at those posts, I see that I skated over the design steps somewhat. And I said quite a lot about my Adinkra-inspired yardage — after I had finished it.
What motivated the thought, however, was a painful awareness of cases where I tried to document what I was thinking and ended up shelving the whole project. Why does that happen? It’s as if the talking about it displaces the need to do anything about it, unless the plan is sufficiently advanced to have picked up a critical momentum or there are external factors also at work (like a deadline, for instance).
My natural inclination in most circumstances is to be quite secretive about my ideas until they are realised. I prefer to take my own time and not to answer questions which don’t come from inside myself. With regard to weaving, once I get to the stage of developing a draft and planning a warp, then in general the project seems to be sufficiently well incubated to be able to survive outdoors. So I’ll just show you this, and say nothing more about it!