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On Being the Maker...

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I have been sharing a lot of little rattles and collage pieces for the past two weeks... I probably will continue to for the next 12 weeks or so as well. I'm playing in a project called #The100Day Project with the Great Discontent and what started out as my committment to a small act of making each day turned in to a finished clay rattle then evolved in to an additional collage piece inspired by the rattle. I am working on other things as time allows but currently this project is consuming a lot of it...

Last night I was sharing one of the rattle/collage combos and didn't really want to. At this point the works are still in a pretty raw state. The pottery is unfired and the collages unfinished. They have a way to go before completion. I was staring at the combo I was about to share questioning how I might change it, progress it, "fix" it down the line.

Resigned to sharing it I wondered should I explain the process, the unfinished state. Should I apologize for what I was in that moment deeming a shitty piece. Should I just share it and shut the f up... (I swear when I'm uncertain...)

I ended up typing this as a comment, "it's interesting feeling very strongly about one piece working versus another. Committing to each as exploration, as part of a process... Realizing each step is just that, a step, towards a more complete project for better or worse... It's all new territory and I must constantly remind myself it's not my job to judge, it's just mine to create..."

Always, the hardest thing to remember in the making stage, the process stage, just do the work. JUST DO THE WORK IN THAT MOMENT. It is not the makers job to judge, it is just their job to create...

Whatever will happen with it will happen with it upon completion. If you are involved in that (and lets face it almost all of us are) you can take off your maker's hat and shift gears. However in the role of making, in the heart of the process, in the primal act of doing it... just do it. Any other way could easily mess it up.

I'm posting this as a reminder to myself. I'm posting this for other maker/artists who get confused along the way. I'm posting it for everyone as I believe the lesson is applicable to anyone in any role... When you're in a role, when you're completing an act, whenever possible (as a mother of two littles I know, IT IS NOT ALWAYS POSSIBLE) do just that.

Do you have moments or believe in acts of singular focus? Let me know...