I’ve just spent a week in ‘admin mode’ catching up on accounts, updating my website and organising things for my trip to Morocco next week. Lots of time spent on the computer, lots achieved but feeling a bit jaded and in need of some creative stimulation!
Taking a break from the screen, I booked myself onto the Book Arts Workshop with Art Pocket, part of the Norwich Makers Festival which has been running at The Forum this month. I went in with a ‘beginners mind’ looking forward to having a chance to learn some new skills and think outside the ‘textiles’ box for a change.
This week was the ‘super snow moon’ the brightest full moon of the year - and I based my folded book on the journey of the moon across the sky over my garden, experimenting with different types of papers, gelli printing (what fun, always wondered what that was about!) and working with cut outs, windows and layers. The 2.5 hour workshop was extremely well run by Hannelore and Becky and I left feeling inspired to experiment further.
I realise how important it is to break away from our safe space sometimes and just ‘play’. It is so easy to get caught up in the day to day tasks and rush to meet deadlines, we forget to just stop for a while and try something new!