Fight the Funk
The art of creation is my passion. This is true to the extent that it can keep me up until three in the morning, make me deaf against the needs of my family and work me until my fingers are numb and my head is throbbing (I’m an all-in kind of girl so sometimes I push myself beyond what is healthy). But sometimes it’s not so easy. Sometimes the monster called creative block drains the motivation out of me and puts me in a funk.
When that happens, I don’t want to work on any of my eight or twelve ongoing projects. I’m left with only two options: fight or sink into a bottomless pit of uninspired apathy. The drive to create might be temporarily hibernating, but I can’t thrive without doing something. I’ve got to fight the funk.
Try Something New
I have a theory that all forms of art are intrinsically connected, no matter how distant. The act of creation encompasses all arts regardless of the field. I also believe that one creation sparks another (like the concept of brainstorming – one thought sparks another). Which is why if you’re burnt out with one medium, I’ve found it’s helpful to try another.
A Fear of Needles
I decided to put the idea into practice once when I had creative block by trying my hand at some decorative embroidery. Now, you have to understand that knitting is the closest I would normally come to something like needle art (and I’ve been known to hand my knitting projects off to someone else for “finishing” because facing the darning needle practically makes me break out in hives). Typically, I am very anti-needle (for sticking fabric just as much as for sticking flesh), but I thought I’d throw my fears to the wind and give it a try.
You can see my attempt (in the photo above), which I am actually quite pleased with (the chunky, homemade look gives it personality). And although I’ve never again had the urge to grab the embroidery floss, I can say that after finishing the project, it was easier to go back to my traditional arts. Maybe it was the satisfaction of completion. Maybe it was the change that made me long for my other projects. All I know is that it worked and I overcame the funk.
Do you ever get stuck in a funk about your projects? What are some atypical projects you’ve attempted? What else do you do to escape the funk?