Today is day two, about Gathering Ideas
..."Gathering always seems to be the first step for a journey. Be prepared. Gather what we need. Gather self"... ~jude hill~
I'm a gatherer.
I gather my thoughts in a pile of written and digital journals.
I gather what I see, real or imagined, in paper and digital sketchbooks.
I gather real images in my digital library of 17,000 photos and 250 videos.
I gather stuff that might be useful for a project someday. A crow-like habit.
And, I'm the family gatherer of documents and photos to be curated in some useful way for everyone.
I can reach back into my archive of stuff, pick a time, and remember what I was doing or thinking, where I left off and how to continue.
In early 2011, I followed Jude's first run of the SunMoonStars class. I sketched a few ideas:
I made a few things:
Not so long ago, it wouldn't have occurred to me to pick up something "finished" and continue with it. I used to think that you only had one shot to prove you were the real deal, authentic, fully formed. That there were no re-do's. That once you started something, you had to finish without pause, to prove you really had it figured out. Mastery meant you had all the answers right now, that you knew exactly what to do without more gathering, and that you wouldn't change your answer because it was already correct. Pass/Fail. Right/Wrong. Good/Bad. I actually believed this about a lot of things: art, work, relationships, opinions... It was a terrible burden to carry.
But what I've learned from recent curveballs is that coming back to something a second time (or third or fourth) is ok. That no one knows it all, even if they say they do. That adding to what is already there can make it better. Ideas and what we do with them aren't linear or finite. Journeys don't always follow a single path or a single moment. What you gather can make something better. A different answer can be another correct answer. The journey is about gathering - gathering is the journey.
I plan to go back to what I started in 2011. Use it. Add to it. And I started this scrappy cloth awhile ago, when ideas weren't flowing, when I didn't have a plan or a vision. Ideas for this cloth have changed many times. Today, I think it will continue as my SunMoonStars cloth. A fusion of then and now.