I spent time last night with a friend at the Quilt Guild in a neighboring town. The audience was made up of nearly 100 women all interested in fabric and quilting - some traditional and some experimental; some beginners and some experienced. The speaker was Linda Gray of Indianapolis and she gave us a glimpse at over 25 quilts that illustrated the journey she has been on with her approach to quilting and creativity.
I found it comforting that her current approach to quilting mirrored many of my own thoughts about creating with paint and with fabric.
To over come the fear of making a mistake or tasking a risk, she will tell herself "I made it once, I can make it again!" That is a very gutsy approach to follow but she does it with a passion and her work is stunning.
She likes to work in a series, one of the goals I fall short of more often than not. She said her series may be a result of being overly inspired or just due to the fact that she has so much related materials, she might as well work out a series of ideas. Reminded me of the series of poppies I started on in May and am still exploring.
Her final bit of advice to the group was to "be true to yourself!" What suits you does not have to suit anyone else. That is a difficult issue when so many of us are trying to make it as an artist or quilter ... but if you think about your favorite work ... was it something you did for yourself? Was it a break through piece? Did it help you turn a corner in your art?
I have found that as I have matured as an artist and a business woman, if I like what I am doing, others will like it too. It is the passion that attracts others not the subject or the techniques... so work on your ideas with enthusiasm and have fun!