LUTE 365 WEAVINGS / 1 - 100

LUTE 365 WEAVINGS / 1 - 100

An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.
— Dr. Edwin Lund

100 days ago, I made a creative commitment. I decided to push my own personal boundaries of what I considered "weaving" into strange and almost daunting territory. I publicly announced on Instagram that I would be completing a weaving everyday for an entire year. It seemed (and still does in a way) scary to proclaim and to be honest, I wasn't sure I would be able to do it. That sort of project takes discipline and vulnerability and I wasn't sure I wanted to put myself out there on the internet like that. What if I ran out of ideas? What if the weavings were really bad? What if I ended up hating weaving? These were all very valid fears. But I did it anyway. 

Sure there were days I really did not want to weave anything. Sure there were days I absolutely hated what I wove and did not want to share it online. But I did it anyway. I stopped worrying about which weaving would get the most 'likes' and just kept going. Somewhere in this almost mindless dedication, something happened. 

I actually began to expand and explore my creative practice. I worked with materials I never considered before. I drew things. I ripped shit apart and then wove it back together. I rediscovered my love for paper arts. I decided to change my business. 

I felt prolific and creative.

And it's only 100 days in! 

I feel blessed and grateful to be able to share my progress on this project with y'all and I totally encourage you to expand your creative practice with some sort of daily project. It doesn't have to be weaving and it doesn't have to be a year. There is also a thing called The 100 Day Project where you can commit to a project for, that's right, 100 days. There's lots of tips and motivation on their website. Honestly though, it could be a week, a month, a day! Force yourself to step outside of your artistic comfort zone. It's totally worth it, I promise.  

XOXO
Shannon

You can follow my 365 day weaving project over on my Instagram!

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