Imagine Making Every Stick of Furniture for Your Home
With the builders having finished phase one I released myself to embrace further planning for my designs to come to fruition Walking through the new areas I look at every wall and into each corner where I see a unique image in my mind’s eye of what I might like to build as furniture. I see an oak design standing there near the under-the-stairs cupboard door. I tell myself, “Wow! Oak would really pop off there. I see it full colour in mind and then the design comes to me in a matter of seconds. I might reach for a sketchbook and I wonder if one day I might look at a handheld device and see the image transferred to the illuminated glass screen: colour and all, instead of paper in a sketchbook.
As I moved around the hallway another emerges. ‘That’s a useful space.’ I tell myself. No, my existing pieces, the multiple dozens I have made over the years, will not be coming here. I want something very much more specific than this or that. I want my design measured to the inch. it’s a luxury, I know, but that is what I want and I want others to follow by my providing the steps I take to get to the finished pieces. The contrast of black and white tiling excites me. When I walk through my front door to come home I want to see something inviting and lovely to look at. Furniture and things from wood that I have designed and then made too. I want a sort of tidiness but not clinically ordered. An entryway should be warmly furnished and this is what wood is exceptionally good for. I am also thinking wall-hung pieces, perhaps stair-hung too. Then there are the ceiling spots. They’re exceptionally bright and very plain. I am thinking veneer-thin pieces there, something the light can pierce yet wood-warm. Not so much shades but warmth with character yet not too much so as to draw the eye more than for a mere glimpse. I have an idea for a veneer interweave on the stair balustrades too. Still a thought in process yet. The walls may yet be subjected to colour and I have yet to consider this as adding colour adds even more complexity to the way things work.
There’s a heightened boost that always works in tandem with my ides to plan a design and build. To the scientist its a mix of neurotransmitters your system releases to engage the upcoming tasks. Creativity relies on this release and yet it is not always something we think through at the start of pursuing our ambitions. one thing for certain is that there is great benefit from spending time beforehand destressing. Why? Well, you’ve read enough from me to say the essence of all artisan crafting is the art of putting things in order. Getting to work means taking care to put everything in order as much as possible. By this, I mean you sharpen and adjust your tools, sweep up, clear the decks, yes, those are obvious, but then there are the less obvious such as pick up the groceries, put out the rubbish and make certain the life management areas are taken care of. This is destressing your zone to make room for creativity. It may seem rudimentary but I know too many creative people who have come undone through the years because they felt they were just too creatively minded to be any earthly good. The mundane things were for ordinary people. All that did ultimately was lead them to ever more stress. Once these things are dispatched you can begin to reroute yourself and let the creative juices flow. The new bandsaw blade gets installed place, the sketch or drawing is made and then too the cutting list comes in.
Every stage from the point you decide to start allowing a project to emerge from your psyche becomes a notation. The chemistry nurturing creativity relies on our excitement about the prospect of making. The engaging of creative chemistry activates the mental salivary glands as we pull parts of the puzzle together. A drawing slowly comes together albeit just the sketch right now, but it’s enough. It’s the motive behind your creativity that matters. Pictures start to occur in your mind. You feel charged. Why? Because putting things in order is part of the preparatory process and even tidying up and putting things away is important to establishing a state of better-being before the work we really want to engage with starts. Being ‘charged’? The neurotransmitters encourage the release of chemicals as the neurons do the job of transmitting electric impulses to the brain that result in our ability to create physiological output. That being so, our starting out is delivering the canoe into the water at the river’s edge. From then on we find different strategies to tackle the challenges as we start our paddling.