Darn!! I left my camera in the studio and it had some good pics in it which you were going to see tonight.

Sorry, you’re just going to have to content yourselves with my unillustrated verbal rambling. Thank you everyone for leaving such lovely comments about the H. Dawson work. It really warms my cockles to have such positive feedback. Sometimes it can be very hard to gauge the effectiveness of a design. I am so isolated in my little making world that it can be hard to glean perspective.

Do you know what I did today? Wait for it…I TIDIED MY STUDIO! Shock, horror, surely not! No, I did.

It’s been a long time, a long time of tripping over cardboard fabric tubes, arriving home with shoe soles matted with congealed thread, bruised thighs from bumping in to the corner of my cutting table whilst trying to sidle past stacks of shabby boxes and bags of cloth and now AAAAhhh I can breath. I feel ever so light and airy and civilized in my organized space. “Come in, come in” I can now confidently say to the next visitor with out having to quickly add…”don’t mind the mess!” but I do mind the mess, it gets in the way of my body and mind. So why does it keep happening? I suppose I just get obsessed with finishing tasks and the tidying as you go thing is abandoned. Anyhow. Tomorrow I will show you photos of threads ordered by colour and neatly stacked sample books. Love it!!

Posted by:mogwaii

Born: 13th March 1969 in Edinburgh Star sign: Pisces Where do I live? An beautiful island called Lismore Who with? I live with my gorgeous man - Yorick, and my beautiful boys Ruben (currently 14) and Tom (10) and we also have cat poppy, cat Bashy and cat Spyro. What do I do there? Water veggies in the polytunnel, loads of mopping up, picking up clothes, cooking and washing dishes. The rest of the time I'm in a blissfull state in my studio making things out of wool and designing the next must have (in my head!) and a lot of cycling to and fro My favourite Books: Right now...empowerment books like "The power of now" and "The Secret", but also John Fowles "The Magus" and "The kite runner" and I love the "Tao of Poo" My Favourite films: Babettes feast, Wings of desire and The colour of Pomegranites. My favourite music: Bach cello suites for designing, Dolly parton for making (especially her album Little Sparrow), Teddy Thompson and loads of other stuff! What did I do before moving to Lismore? * Went to school in Edinburgh (South Morningside primary then St. Mary's music school and then George Watson's) * Went to Brazil for a year, fell in love, learnt Portuguese and spun a lot of wool * Studied foundation in visual arts in Manchester poly and then went on to study BA Hons in textiles at Goldsmith's college * Made felt hats, sold them at Camden market and then eventualy Liberties and had Ruben in the midst of it all - moved to Pathhead * Tom came along and I stopped making hats. sung lots of Jazz, taught Brazilian and samba singing, recorded an album and started singing with La Boum * Tom went to school and I set up Mogwaii * Moved here in 2006 There you go!! xx Sarah (from left) Ruben, me and Tom (from left) Ruben, me and Tom

3 replies on “Just words

  1. My personal thoughts about tidiness and creativity is this – generally the two are not compatible.
    Of course there are very creative tidy people but not was many as creative messy people.
    I think the fundamental problem for me is I want to have all my materials around me – ideally I would have wall to wall storage with glass fronts so I would see everything then possibly I wouldn’t gather piles of potential materials together.
    And the other thing is an awful lot of sewing ephemera has to be accessible so there is simply no point keep putting it away…..this is my feeble defense.

  2. I also go through this mess and purge cycle; its a mess at the moment. Partly it is due in my case to a messy nature – always onto the next thing before clearing up for the first.
    Also – I need to sort out my storage so that I can put things back quickly – without having to fold and iron for them to fit.
    Foundations for a studio/workshop went in today – so then I can move all the packing/stock etc. out of my caravan.
    Then I might have a tidy workspace . . .but I doubt it.
    Love your stuff – came via Gigibird,

  3. I’m so jealous of your cleaning time! My apt. is always so messy. I also think that creative people tend to be more messy and that we need everything in front of us. I’ve been trying and trying to get my stuff organized, but I don’t have places to put everything! Aaahh! So, I’m happy you got it done 🙂

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