Hibernation and reflection
I don’t know about you, but I tend to use the Christmas and New Year period to switch off, reconnect with family and friends and reflect on the past year. I’ve taken this tendency a step further by doing some serious business analysis; trying to figure out what works, what doesn’t and why.
I’ve used the ‘Dream, Plan, Do’ book by The Design Trust to put these thoughts in a useful format. The exercise that calls for you to work out why you do what you do, was a little like pulling teeth! I’ve long known that there must be a blimmin’ good reason for me to keep doing what I’m doing. Every year I question why I keep going, why I’ve made weaving my life and why I want it to be a business, not a hobby. Sometimes it is a hard decision when I can’t keep up with my to-do list and weaving takes a back seat. So I do I wonder whether life would be easier if I worked in my local supermarket – at least evenings would be my own again.
So I’ve had to find 15 why’s, which took quite a few days and it has been revelatory! Actually writing down that I want my work to create my work ethically, ecologically and responsibly with more than a nod to tradition has helped me realise why I find it so difficult to see my work as a ‘product’. I spend a lot of time designing, planning and dyeing before I get to the loom, to ensure each throw or wrap is truly unique.
So my next challenge to work out what to do with these revelations! While I’m doing that, I have some lovely looking hemp in the workshop, ready to start it’s journey to becoming table runners.