Thursday, October 22, 2009
Breaking The Rules
Here's my latest project. I call these "Arctic Steam". I am breaking the rules. Convention says that a pair of earrings should be two identical pieces. I said N0, I am not going to make two identical pieces this time.
I know this is not new to a lot of you artists out there, but remember I am very new at this and it is new to me! I have always been one to "play by the rules". I try to be a "good girl". I don't like to ruffle feathers, or upset the apple cart. That doesn't mean I don't do it, but I don't LIKE to do it! I like to feel safe. I like to feel secure and solid. I like to know that everything is where it ought to be. When I know the rules and I stay within those boundaries, I feel safe and secure and I am happy.
I am discovering - to my great joy and amazement - that I don't need to feel safe in my creative life! This is the one place where I can go CRAZY and enjoy the consequences!
Of course a lot of the rules have been in our head so long we don't realize they are there until we begin to deconstruct our thought process to see what is really going on in there. Often times these bogus rules are in the mix of a creative block that we are stumbling over. The Creative in us wants to make something brand new and totally "out there", but the Rule Follower says, "You can't do that!" We have to carefully sift through those arguments and deconstruct them piece by piece to find the brilliant ideas that are hiding behind the rules.