Inspiration from Crazy Horse

monument-1631403_1280I spent the Labor Day weekend in the Black Hills of South Dakota. This is truly an awe-inspiring place. The natural beauty of the rock formations along Needles Highway is breath-taking. And of course, there’s Crazy Horse and Mt. Rushmore close by.

The difficult part of using the Black Hills and all it’s beauty as inspiration is imagining something different than sculpting a huge head in a huge rock mass. But it’s not about doing something on a huge scale. It’s about using that to inspire our designs.

The process which the artists used for those huge projects was to first design it small scale. They started with sketches and drawings. Then used clay and plaster to make their design in small pieces. Making their vision small allows them to show the beauty of their design vision. When I say small, I mean compared to their finished visions, not miniature.

Most of us are not going to make sculptures or projects that have a 40-foot nose. So how can we use this design method for our everyday projects? The method of making sketches and models for our projects may not be practical. Why make a sketch and model of a necklace? The point isn’t the actual steps it’s the concept.

Some projects can be completed quickly, while others may take years. When a project will take a long time, it may be good to make the design with a quicker medium first. Like making a sketch or model. This way the design stays alive during the years it takes to complete it. You’ll be able to show others what your ultimate design will be.

Think about the Crazy Horse Memorial. It’s far from being finished. When you learn the history of this project and see the scale model of the finished sculpture, it makes seeing the progress much more fun. We can anticipate the beauty of the finished artwork. Without the scale model, it just looks like a huge piece of rock with a little bit of sculptured work on it. By knowing how the finished piece will look and all the sacrifice and work that has gone into it up to this point, we can have a greater appreciation for the artist’s vision.

When we have a vision for a project, we can imagine it in our mind’s eye. It may not be a complete image, maybe just the concept, but either way, we have an idea which we want to create so we, and others can enjoy it.(Or hopefully buy it). Whether we jump right in and make it from scratch, or we sketch it first, we have a design in our heads longing to come out.

It doesn’t matter if it takes us a few minutes or a few years to complete our designs. What matters most to us as creative people, is getting that design out of our heads and into the hands of those that appreciate and enjoy it.

Creatively Speaking,

Cynthia

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Freelancing

Freelancing is a great way to make an income. It may be scary to step away from the corporate grind to go it alone. Freelancing could allow you to spend more time with your family and provide a decent income. Or it could suck up every waking minute of your time for a minimal income and you’ll hate it.

Starting out as a freelancer isn’t easy unless you already have a huge network of potential clients waiting at your door, which most of us don’t.  So the first challenge is finding the clients. Then there’s  meeting with the clients, presenting a proposal, and waiting to see if they’ll accept it. What if the client rejects the proposal, what then? Should you lower your rate? Promise to do more than the proposal stated? Guarantee to get it done sooner ?

How you respond to those questions is a vital step. If you lower your rate you could get the business, but it probably  won’t help you reach your income goals. It would be like getting hired to work for $20 an hour but when you get there the boss says he’ll only pay $10 an hour. Would you stay and work anyway?

Another potential negative outcome from lowering your rate is that when the client gives you a referral, that referral has been told that if he balks at your price, you’ll cave in and charge less. That’s not good for business! And it’s not vey professional.

The problem is getting the first few clients without having a portfolio or past clients to provide commendations that you can use. This can make you feel like an imposter. Then the “imposter syndrome” starts to creep in. You know the saying  “fake it until you make it” or “dress for the job you want, not the job you have”. While doing this you may feel like an imposter for awhile. But think about this, are you good at what you do? If you are, then go ahead and strut those tail feathers proudly. But don’t go overboard and become cocky just be confident in yourself and your abilities. Cocky won’t win clients, confidence will.

Here’s a link for “Charge What You’re Worth” It’s a free 9 lesson course. If you’re new to freelancing or not getting the business you want, take a look at it. It may change your perspective and help you get more clients.

Freelancing isn’t for everyone. It takes courage, confidence, and skill. But it could be the best job you ever have.

 

Inspiration from a spider web

Beauty can be found all around us. We just have to stop and look at it. For example, when was the last time you stopped to look at a spider web? It really is a thing of beauty. Water hugs the intricate strands as it dances in the breeze. It’s amazing. And it’s functional.

A spider web can inspire our creative juices. The water reflects the sunshine, it looks like sequence. Voila! Upcycle a t-shirt  by adding sequence. The shape of the web looks like a shawl. Why not knit or crochet a lacy shawl.

That’s a little bit of how my creative mind works. Besides having a creative side, I also have a technical side. These two sides may seem opposite. What does technology have to do with sewing? The answer is creative design.

I love all things creative. Be it designing a new website or making new jewelry, I think it’s all about being creative. So my purpose is to join with others who love doing more than one thing. I’m not going to list all my hobbies, the list would be too long. I’m not bragging because some of my hobbies I don’t do very well. I mention it because I like trying new things.

For example, I recently decided to learn how to make Irish lace. I must admit, I had quite a learning curve. But now I love it. It helps me express my creative elegant side. If I had started this blog a few months ago, you would have gotten the blow by blow steps of my attempts and failures at lace making. And of course, you would get to see the final piece. Which I am happy to say,  will be appearing on my niece’s wedding dress in October!

My journey through this blog will focus on creative projects and resources.  I may even throw in a few recipes. Because I love being creative with food and trying new flavor mash-ups.

So let the creativity flow.