It’s been a busy couple of weeks for me!
I’ve been working on a big commission and running workshops, as well as dealing with the normal day to day life things we all have to deal with!
I’m working on my largest piece to date which is a huge Macrame Wedding Arch. It’s 2.5 meters wide x 2 meters long. Well, it will be 2 meters long by the time it’s finished. At the moment there are long threads of rope waiting to be knotted up into it. It’s amazing how much rope is required for a finished length of 2 meters!
I’m finding it really rewarding working on this wedding arch but I also feel incredibly challenged to finish this piece. Making the time around my life and ‘other’ job is a tricky balancing act. I work 4 days a week in a T-shirt printing shop, some of you have visited me there to pick up rope and macrame supplies! It’s a really fun job and I love meeting people at the window and printing their things, but at the moment it gets dark at 5:30 so by the time I get home my motivation to knot is quite low.
Winter can be a real challenge. Coldness and darkness are my nemeses for creativity… So what do I do when my creative motivation is low? I get up early if I can. Not every day, some days I’ll snooze because I know my body might need it. But I also know that I’m my most productive early in the morning (thank you, Coffee). Getting a good evening knotting session in is also quite a good thing too. I listen to my body and don’t push myself to be creative if it’s not going to happen. There is a difference between working hard and knowing when you’re forcing yourself to be creative. It’s an exceptionally fine line.
However, when you are creative and passionate about something you seem to be able to make the time to do the thing you love.
Every time I work on this huge wedding arch I feel excited thinking about the people who might get married underneath it.
This is also very scary because I hope that the energy I’m knotting into it is positive and filled with love.
I can’t wait to see beautiful flowers all along the top and a happy couple exchanging promises of love and support for their future beneath it.
I’m going to try and post an updated photo of the arch’s progress tomorrow.