"Creativity is not a talent. It's a way of operating."
A Study in Creativity: Watching Skillshare Classes While Cutting Out my new Fehr Trade Workout Patterns
I'm taking several great classes over on Skillshare. One of which is, Pass Go: Design your own Table Top Game taught by Grant Rodiek. It's really fascinating to step into the world of game mechanics from the limited scope of "card" or "table top"game. I love playing games, and could kick your butt at Texas Hold 'em, but haven't really gotten into the mechanics of them until recently. I feel like a door is just opening for me and I've a whole new world to explore, learn, and then play with. And, I'm learning from people who are doing this work right now that I might otherwise never meet. Thank you Skillshare!
Grant's Game Design class introduced me to John Cleese's speech on Creativity which I also found quite fascinating. I'm also studying, "How to Win the Internet: Writing for Sketch Comedy" by Marshall Rimmer. So, observing and listening to John Cleese's process for creativity is utterly captivating not just for thinking about game creation, but also in "How do I write something funny?" I've many moments I've made people laugh in my life, but rarely were they on purpose. And most often, I was teased until I cried. So, unlike my hilarious brother who spent his entire childhood telling and retelling bad jokes until one day he really was funny, I always got too serious and wanted everyone to like me instead of trying to find a way to make them laugh at me and not take it personally. I find it odd to begin the discovery process to funny now as an adult. But, here I am and it's NEVER too late to start.
For those who are interested, please take the 30 min to watch John Cleese talk about creativity. If you don't laugh, you're being too serious! His obsurdity is wonderful. I found listening to this while pattern drafting and cutting out my PB Jam Leggings pattern.
If you haven't seen Melissa's new patterns for workout or running gear, do check them out. I'm nearly done with the XYT top and will start sewing on my Valentine's inspired PB Jam Leggings tonight.
In the photo on the left, you may notice that I have several lines running vertically across the bust area. Why? Because I ran out of fabric and had to fudge to get the pieces to fit together. In hindsight, I should have just picked a different fabric for this piece instead of trying to fit several together. When I tried it on, the lines are SO visible when stretched across the bust. Hee hee... Kinda makes me laugh. But I learned what the results of my choice were and could decide to do or not do it again!
Well now, there's a little insight into that nasty inner critic goblin that beats me up for every decision. Is yours as rude?
As you can probably tell, I'm clearing and cleaning my stash as well as my closet. I made 2 of the 3 pieces you see below.
The cardigan was fun to wear for a while, but as you can see, it rather emphasizes my behind and widens my body at it's smallest point (my waist). I'm curvy and quite short waisted. Because of that, I need more fitted garments otherwise I look like a block. And the more I looked at myself in the cardigan, the more I didn't quite feel like I looked my best. And I've gained a little around my middle lately, so I prefer to not wear such tight fitting garments as the animal print work out top sans a cover-up.
The cowl never was finished. I couldn't bring myself to sew up the ends. I don't know why either. Just never felt right.
Now I'm sure, if you read the title, you're still wondering, "Who is this Flo you speak of?" Meet Flo, my curvy paper-tape body double. I introduced her to you when I wrote about Jan Bones class on making a Paper Tape Dress Form. Well, to show her off a little more, I took photos of just the form with the negative ease animal print RTW tank you see above. I named her Flo because all I see are curves that flow in and out and around and up and down almost so fast that if you blinked, you'd miss the turn. For once in my life, I feel neutral looking at my body. In fact, I see better now why things don't fit in certain areas and I've been able to fit pieces on it, then sew and produce amazingly perfect fitting clothing. So here we Flo again!