I often get asked what my design process is like. Well, here it is:
Sometimes my process is messy. Sometimes it's very tidy and Martha Stewart-like. And sometimes we just get in a big fight and I have to put it away for the night. When I was in art school, my painting instructors would always advise walking away for a while. The overnight time gives you perspective. And then the next time the two of you meet, you will more than likely see things very differently. I believe that. I think that sometimes what is going on in your head with just the everyday stress can result in garment disaster. So yeah. All that.
Sometimes I will literally stare at the project after I've just ripped half of it out and wait for it to speak to me. No really - I want it to speak to me. It would more than likely just say "um..that hurt."
Sometimes I have a clear driven idea in mind and we will walk hand in hand until the job is done. That simple.
And sometimes I have no idea what to do and I hold the ball of yarn, staring, hoping for some sort of magical transfer from the fiber to my nerve endings. That, for the record, has yet to happen.
But I would be nothing without my urge to explore, and my need to create from fiber that comes from animals. Design missteps, stitch disasters, gauge imperfection aside, I hope I never lose the desire.