This time of year, after Bead and Button, is when I usually go into hyper drive to finish up some new designs for the following year. The pieces are usually due in early August. So I come home, relax a bit, then dive into my beads and finish up with some new pieces for the show. Normally, at this point, I have a few pieces already done and ready to go. I design all year long and save my favorites for Bead and Button. So sitting here today, I should have several pieces saved and ready to go.
This year I have a change in my routine. I have some great designs ready to go but they are all tied up with a book proposal. When I submitted the book proposal this past spring, I sent along a number of fun new and different pieces. Maybe subconsciously I figured I would be rejected and I'd be able to use the designs for 2017. I don't know, but I can't use those pieces while the book is still in consideration. It is great that the book may still happen. Except, now I need more fun new pieces for next year's show.
I seldom have a design block. Usually, I have more ideas for cool things than time to create them. Lots of ideas seem to flit in and out of my brain, some work, some don't. Today, I'm at an energy low point and the new pieces I'm creating are not jumping up at me with the WOW I like to get from my beads. While I'm sure this will pass quickly, I have to wonder, did this have to happen NOW? This is crunch time, not the time to be lazy and ponder why my cat is so happily purring away.
New bead shapes usually get my juices flowing thinking up new ways to construct a pattern. So lets try that with some new ones picked up at Bead and Button. Then I think, there are enough shapes out there already.....new ones at this point are making me think, oh no, not another shape. And I LOVE shaped beads. So my mojo for designing with yet another new shape is not working. So ok, what about putting some really colorful combinations together to brighten my day and wake up my artistic muse? I've tried that with several pieces, and somehow, ended up monochromatic. How the heck did that happen? I started wanting color and failed.
While I'm pretty sure this will all pass quickly and something I've dreamt about will work, at this point, I'm reduced to working on dreaded paperwork or petting my cat who continues to purr.