How many of you remember having paper dolls or having a sister who spent hours with them? For me, some of my happiest memories were making clothes of my own design for those perfectly shaped paper dolls. The freedom to combine patterns and colors that danced in my head allowed me to escape into my own little world.
By the time I was a young teen I had learned to sew. Nothing was more fun than going to the fabric store and picking material for my next project. All of this led me to think I wanted to major in fashion design in college. That dream, however, was short-lived as drawing did me in. Funny, though, that as a weaver much of my work has been apparel. When it was necessary to communicate shape to a client, it was done with a most rudimentary sketch as my drawing skills have never improved!
Anyway, I digress. What I want to share with you are the wonderful creations of Joan Son, a nationally acclaimed origami artist. She, too, loved making her own designs for paper dolls which led her to a continuing exploration of paper as an art form.
I stumbled onto an exhibit of her work quite by accident, but what a wonderful find that made my heart sing.
Her designs were playful and fun, and it was easy to imagine seeing them on a runway done in luscious fabrics.
I have always been drawn to kimonos, and it was thrilling to see how Son interpreted the shape.
As with one done in cloth, the inside was a beautiful as the outside. How many hours must have been spent cutting and backing all the pieces that were knotted together. Thinking of my own experience, I know that time is a consuming part of the creative process and cannot be rushed.
What this exhibit confirms is how limitless the possibilities are for creating. The only thing that limits creativity is oneself. Today I will spend time in my studio hoping those creative juices flow. How about you?