... a manager. And a secretary. And a housekeeper. And a tree that grows money on its branches. And about four or five more hours in the day... Or an herb that reduces the need to sleep. Not that I sleep extremely long hours. But...
When I started my life as a quilt artist a coach told me that being an artist meant you have to spend more than 50 % of your time not working in the studio making art, but instead organizing, keeping your address file, meeting people, doing this and that and even something else which on the outside did not seem to have anything to do with making art. I found it very hard to believe then. Now I know that he was right. And as much as I dislike it, I know it’s important.
But every day that I spend doing more other things than working on quilts I still feel uncomfortable. As if time were slipping through my fingers.
After all – if I feel like I don’t spend enough time making art, why spend all the time organizing all the stuff around it...?
So this past week seems to have slipped by without achieving much at the sewing machine.
|I did work a little on a small quilt - |
which will be shown at the Prague Patchwork Meeting -
but I haven't even taken a picture
of it in its various stages, just of these cut-out
Let’s just hope that all the other stuff I did will bear fruit eventually.
Perhaps I will keep a more detailed list in the future of all the things I have indeed done during an average day, to give myself more of a feeling that I have accomplished something, at least on those days when no progress on a quilt can be shown as a result.