The Savvy Sage of Sewing Stimulation

Your Sewing Studio or Space

How does your space or studio room transform you?

From Making Art a Practice: 30 Ways to Paint a Pipe (How To Be The Artist You Are):


This book speaks to the moment we cross the threshold of our dreams and step into the studio, whether that studio is a designated room or the kitchen table.  It doesn’t matter if we’re beginning our creative journey or if we’re further down the path, our art practice gives us ways to begin and to stay engaged with giving form to our dreams.

That sounds like a silly question, but when you think about it, this is a place where you are turning the abstract into the concrete.  You have a vision or an idea which is abstract, and you end up with a garment which is totally concrete.  But even better that just occupying space or being able to be seen and touched, the garment is useful and provides a service to you in a way that no other garment can – – at least that is what we are hoping and working towards.

The whole idea of this concept, transforming idea to mass, is in itself abstract. So talking about it gets a little ethereal at best and more like difficult to cull down into words. But there is a transformation that goes on.  We go from the practical of our lives – doing our chores, running the errands, taking care of our family –  to – working through all the iterations of our idea, culling it down to one concept, gathering the materials needed, then creating our project we envisioned.

There are many studies in the last 15 years on the brain and how it physically works during the creative process.  Some interesting things like the release of endorphins (that are similar to those released when eating or having sex) are associated with the creative process, which explains (at least physiologically) why we love creating, but also helps us understand why, even when met with the same problem or continuing problems (like how many times do I have to take out this seam before I get it right? type problems), we continue on, sometimes in spite of the fact that we should quit.  But we don’t – maybe it’s not our fault, but the endorphins!!!

So what’s the purpose of even knowing about this process?  Well, this does help you when either you’re going down the wrong track or are stuck.  Practice is what we lean on when we’re lost, and the knowledge that we are participating in a transformational event helps us to not only appreciate the complexity of what we’re doing, but appreciate and recognize the extraordinary process which we are not only participating, but we are originating.

So what sort of transformation happens to you when you are sewing in your space or studio or room?  Is it subtle?  Is it dramatic?  Is it noticeable?  Have you ever thought about it before?

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  1. That endorphin thing is so true. I call it being in the Zone. It does wonders for my migraines. I get a headache, I don’t lay down. I go sew!

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