This new year, 2012, is a Black Water Dragon year. What an incredible image that evokes. I will work on that one for a while, let it soak in. It feels layered and shiny and wild, a beast of nature and imagination.
These first early days have flown by, a time of immersion and reordering. I tend not to approach a new year with resolutions in mind, but this year the themes of new beginnings and synchronicity feel strongly present, and I find myself naturally setting intentions for the time ahead. I feel confident and solid in my professional practice in a way that is often out of reach. I feel creative and full of ideas, and also grounded in discipline that often eludes me also. The most visible expression of this shift is the work I have done in recent weeks to organize my creative space. A new computer and monitor were the catalyst. I purged and organized my digital files, backing up rationally, before tranferring from the old to the new.
This inspired a similar deep cleaning in my physical space: files, bookcases, drawers. A new, tall, narrow storage piece now holds the fabric and notions and yarn that had nowhere to go. My tiny studio has three tables for different tasks, with each surface now clear between projects. This is a major accomplishment and a very satisfying feeling. The materials I need to create with are ready, within reach, contained and orderly. It is interesting to me how much an orderly space supports freer creativity. There is always tension here, between entropy and order. Creativity swings on a trapeze strung between these extremes.
I have intentions for this blog in 2012. I plan to post more regularly, and I will be periodically posting offerings to you, dear reader. The first is a mix of music on 8tracks.com. This is a great site for sharing music, and finding new music. This is my first mix. I hope you like it! I work with music playing, often, and find it so helpful with visual work. Not so helpful for writing, but really good for imagery...I love how each sense feeds another. Listen: We'll Meet Again Someday.