|Written by Jane Hawley|
|Tuesday, 28 February 2012 10:45|
Since my last blog I have finally made space in my life.
I started about 5 months ago clearing from my home unwanted stuff and clutter, right down to the very last of the tiniest bits and bobs, letting go of things I didn’t even know I had or how they came into my life, things that have been getting in my way for far too long . The trouble is, I see a creative use for everything and hold on to stuff I don’t really need, hoping to find a right time and the space to make more things out of my hoarded treasures. In the end my mind was full with worry about what to do with all these things I had collected, that they were actually stopping me from being creative and what I really need is empty space in my home and in my head. Living with too much clutter is making it more difficult to be creative because of the lack of space to work in. I like to use found and recycled materials to work with, which is a great free resource with proper storage and organization, but without good planning it can be really messy and impractical to keep for long enough to be able to use.
When I realised that it was time to change and improve my environment for my wellbeing, I got all the things I owned out of the draws, cupboards and boxes so they weren’t hidden anymore and I could deal with the problem out in the open. Immediately I became overwhelmed and distressed by the task and not knowing where to start. I tried to avoid the situation which was impossible by then with everything in the middle of my living room. Then I came to the conclusion it was best to do a little bit at a time, step by step till I established order in my home. With a place for everything now found and not letting it build up again by being conscious about what comes in and making sure stuff keeps going out to charity shops or recycling bins I am hoping to keep it that way.
Although my clutter was comforting and giving me a false sense of security I am happier with the space that is left behind which is giving me a chance to reflect on good things to come and leaving room for my imagination to grow. While I was ill over the years I let things and stuff take over my space because I didn’t have the energy to move forward with my life. It took a lot of effort to let go of things that I became attached to but it also took a lot of effort to keep hold of them. My home is now becoming a place of sanctuary making me feel good and this will then hopefully reflect in my artwork that I can now make in a nice clear space.
I find that space is very important to the creative process. When I am playing music, often the most powerful moment is when there is a break in the sound making what comes after the quiet much more pronounced and meaningful. The same happens when I am painting or drawing. Often what is left out is the strongest feature allowing the imagination to fill in the gaps.
Thanks for reading.