My first dart!
Why does it matter what other people think of what we create?
We must care, because we post it on our blogs, show it in exhibitions, publish it in books.
I'm not talking about when something is intended for selling, but rather when we make something for ourselves, because we feel like it, because it needed to be made, (or because sometimes it seems to make itself), why then do we care what people think?
Recently I have been going to a sewing class at a great little studio/gallery/cafe near my house. I wanted to learn how to use my sewing machine properly, and maybe even make something I could wear. And this skirt was the result.
I am slightly in awe of the fact that it was actually quite easy to make something which fits me absolutely perfectly, and wonder what I could have made all those years it didn't even cross my mind to try.
But the wierdest bit of it all was when I sewed in my first zip, and my teacher described the sewing as 'beautiful', I think I actually blushed. I am 33 years old. Why do I care if someone thinks I sewed a zip in beautifully? I don't know. But I did. It made me feel ridiculously proud of my little skirt. And it made me want to make more things, and make them even better.
So maybe sometimes it is good to get a little validation, especially when tackling something new, or something that you used to be afraid of.
What about you? Do you care about what people think of what you create?