Monday, February 07, 2005

Introducing The Blank Page

the blank page...

through this blog I would like to take the time to explore my creative journey. For too long now I have been going to 'make a start' - and it is that start that has been proving to be the most difficult and elusive part. Hence the name - the blank page. Before any creative endeavors there is always a 'blank page' in some form or another.

Over the year I have had an interest in fabric - not so much from the direct sewing side of things but more from design etc. I had a fledgling interest in printing on fabric and gave batik (wax resist) a try. Realised quite quickly however that it was the wrong time (small children -limited space) to explore that medium more fully. It was put aside and I then went onto cross stitch embrodiery - more portable and time lenient. And for quite a while I was content to just 'mess around' not doing much of anything.

Life changed and while I didn't return to hand crafts - they were not entirely forgotten. In the meanwhile I had attended craft shows and developed more than a passing interest in quilts. I kept telling everyone - or was it myself - that while I 'loved to look' I doubted that I would ever 'do'.

Over the last three years I have come 'full circle'. I believe this has happened for a number of reasons, some of which are related and some not. But for what ever reason I feel more willing to explore this world - if only to work it out of my system. I feel like a kid in a sweet shop - everything appeals to me. Perhaps rather than put pressure on myself I will just 'play' with what ever takes my fancy and see what happens...

I also have an 'constant itch' that refuses to be sated regarding my writing. I have 'fiddled' for more time than I care to think doing bits here and there. I even started a tafe course designed for writers, but for what ever reason I was not ever fully comfortable with it. My main interest in writing lies with the older children/young adult market. Whilst I read everything and just about anything it is that genre that interests me the most. Some years ago as part of the course I began a novel aimed at the 10 through to 13/14 age group. Never finished it was consigned to the 'bottom draw', however of late I have began to re think it and would also like to 'play' again with it. Hmmm... More thought here... I have a feeling that by doing so that at last 'the beast' will fall from my back and I will be free.

And so the blank page turns...

1 comment:

fridayjulyeighth said...

Like you, my creative travels have been primarily in my mind. The trick, then, is to make the leap from thinking about creating and writing about creating, to actually making the plunge into the process itself. Bon chance!