Can You Relate? How to Deter Idea Overload!
It’s so exciting when you are ready to start a new project. Maybe to boost your wheels of creativity you’ve attended a recent quilt show, googled images on your computer or made a trip to a quilt shop. During those moments you’ve meandered up and down the aisles gazing upon one piece after another, or perhaps browsed the infinite number of images on the internet. You’ve invested a lot of time to collect all the insight possible, because you want to be fully prepared when it comes time to move full steam ahead on this new endeavor. Then you eventually return to your sacred space designated for designing your new quilt; the birth of this amazing piece is just around the corner and then BAM mentally you’re combusting with the “how about this” and “what about that” statements. The result is that you find yourself closing your eyes with a heavy feeling of anxiety and strong sense of being overwhelmed while silently saying this:
I’ve been there and it really can suck the air right out of the “I can’t wait to start” feeling of a new project. My secret to not letting this happen is simply this. IF I’m starting a new quilt I deliberately don’t go to quilt shows, online, or into shops for inspiration. This solution sounds a bit crazy but for me it works. It’s one thing to get a better understanding of how certain techniques are applied to a quilt, but quite frankly I don’t want someone else’s finished product to influence what I am going to create. I find it way to easy for my brain to get overstimulated when I look at other quilters pieces; in order for my designs to feel organic I stick to my tried and true process of sketching. So often we don’t give ourselves enough credit that we can come up with ideas without having to use designs we’ve encountered as a springboard for our personal art. We presume gathering one idea upon another idea will make things easier, reassuring ourselves that several concepts are better than just one or two. You may want to ask yourself “How is this working for me, am I mentally exhausted?”
Do you have any special ways you combat inspiration overload?