So today starts a series of helpful (hopefully) blogs that will lead you through decisions - some practical and some emotional. We all get stuck and paralyzed somewhere in the process of starting a project and it isn't the same for everyone. And this project is massive, can be expensive, is time consuming and effectively I have asked you to put what you know best aside and become a designer, so for many of you this is uncharted territory. I have to laugh as if it was grown women who did this in the 17th century - we might only have five examples to view in museums! Children are fearless and dive in...we need to emulate them to get started.
So I have been writing down all the reasons I hear from everyone (and myself) that starting is hard. For the next three days, our topic is "What Casket" should I get/do. We will then talk about the fear of failure, permission to enjoy ourselves and go into the design decisions to make so you can have linen on frames in January! I have prepared checklists and decision flow charts that will be posted on the class website soon - and am using pieces of them here in these blogs so you can reflect daily.
|Where will your piece live and does it fit?|
The space inside the casket can be an easy way to convince yourself of which one you want to work. This is emotional and not practical - you have a dream or a scenario in your head of where this piece is going to live and what you are going to do with it. It is the adult version of the Barbie Dream House that you wanted so bad that one Christmas. So what do you envision?
Will you store your jewelry in it and use it daily? So you might want doors that can be ajar so you
|There are two levels of drawers like |
this in the double casket
to give you a feeling of what will fit.
Or, is your nose wrinkled right now. I am not touching it, you are thinking to yourself. No one is touching it! It is a museum object - damn it! I am putting it under one of those plexi cases to keep it from the dust and little lights trained on it and maybe if I don't will it to my favorite relative I will take it with me!
Well each of those use cases infers what kind of space is inside and can cut your decisions down to one or two options. Much easier to make a decision now! Take a look at this flow diagram and what kind of casket is recommended based on the use.
Yes, this is emotional and yes I mentioned ashes. Don't judge the person who wants to make their
|The contents of my stitching stuff|
on my 'nest' table stuffed
into the drawers of a double
casket. Not much fits.
And if you want it to live as a museum object in your home, where you might walk by it with your guests and serendipitously turn on a few lights to highlight your accomplishment... you will want the big one with all the bells and whistles. I give you permission.
You want it to be useful and have it near your stitching nest so you can enjoy it daily and use that excuse with the other partner in your checking book - then get the Short Casket - it is cost effective, has lots of room and won't drive you insane automatically locking every time you close the lid because it doesn't have a lock! (Just to clarify, the lid locks on those that have them click when the lid is closed, engaging the lock automatically, needing the key to open. You can gently place the lid ajar and open and close without a key - but if this is something that would drive you insane to have it lock or have it always ajar, take it into consideration).
|These are the tall drawers and some tubes of thread and my|
glasses stick up over the side of the drawers
Tomorrow - budget as a decision point.
|Some mementos of the classes in my Flat Casket tray|
|The tray out of the Flat Casket and showing how much|
extra space there is under it in the box
|What fits in the bottom of the Flat Casket and the tray fits on|
top of it. All of the packages of Soie Gobelin, Soie Paris, Soie Ovale,
and Soie Perlee in the class.
|This is the Short Flat Casket. It has no tray and a smaller area to store things,|
but I still get all the Soie Perlee, Soie Ovale, and Soie Paris in their bulky packaging inside!