Since my computer was and still is ill, I spent one day last weekend reorganizing my fabric closet. Well let a true fabricaholic spend time with her fabric collection and a couple of emotions will emerge:
- happiness - because the collection brings you such joy and some pieces are treasured "old" friends.
- astonishment - because no matter how much you think you know what's in your collection, there is always more there than you remember!
- inspiration - just being amongst such a wide variety of color, print, texture and fabrications definitely inspires you to want to create something really special.
- and finally resolve - to stop adding new friends and to make some wonderful creations with the friends that are presently in your collection.
However, fabric can inspire me to create all on its own. Fabric triggers something in my creative psyche that catapults me into another creative dimension that a design idea alone doesn't quite do!
So I have pulled a few pieces from my fabric closet that I hadn't thought of recently. Then I mixed them with some other pieces in ways that I hadn't thought of before. Finally, I let them visit with each other for a few days. Occasionally, I would walk by and touch them. Sometimes I would just nod to them in passing but slowly and surely the fabric combinations were telling me what they wanted to become. And I came to the realization that as much as I study design and silhouttes, when I "play" with fabric combinations...when I really "listen" to what my fabric is saying, that is when I end up with my most spectacular garments!
Because.....I'm a fabric girl!