Last night I was working late into the night sewing on my machine making my new hi-vis neon swim/hiking hats. Tweaking and improving the design before adding a range for sale. Will probably need to make about 20 hats before I am happy with one I can use as a general template. This is good news for my outdoor friends whom I will give the prototypes too!
Actually promoting my new hat range is not the reason of writing this blog post, the reason I am writing it is because late last night it occurred to me I was being driven by negative thoughts whilst deep in the creative process. I was having thoughts about things that were highly personal, for example people who had upset me, recalling deeply unpleasant word by word conversations and actions, upsetting news concerning family and friends and past sad personal situations which only surface when deep in the creative process. Thinking back to the start of my professional creative life in 1984, I recalled in each instance when developing something new and challenging, my creative drive was coming from personal anxieties, angst and sad situations. I was really surprised by this. Has anyone else experienced it?
I would like to add that this emotion only occurs to me when developing something new, not when design is sorted. Once design sorted, the creative process of making is always with calmness, positivity and happy thoughts.
Images below of some of my new Hi-vis neon outdoor hats: Each one is unique. Two pics of me wearing on Dartmoor a couple of days ago. Further information will be posted on my website in due course: www.jackiewills.com