Nothing much has happened, creatively speaking, the last few days. I’ve been feeling singularly unmotivated towards anything fiber-related, and not too inclined to do much of anything.
Earlier in my life this was usually cause for complete panic – was my Muse gone for good? – but since then I’ve come to realize that Muses, like the rest of us poor working stiffs, occasionally need a vacation. So when she vacates, I putter ar0und cleaning the studio, reading books, and going for long walks. After a couple of days, she usually flutters her fairy wings and comes back in, loudly proclaiming, “Okay, time to get back to WORK!” and away we go.
I did do one small thing to tempt the Muse. I ordered some tools and materials for silk painting, which should arrive tomorrow. I am fairly certain that whatever artistic stuff I do, it will go beyond “just” weaving and into surface design. I’m not sure whether silk painting is the right stuff, especially since handwoven fabrics are so much heavier than the habotai silk painters typically use, but I think the techniques will be good to know even if I don’t go further with it. So it is worth an experiment.
And, finally, I am (under protest) tempting fate. I am upgrading my computer to Windows 7. My computer is behaving too erratically under Vista, so I am uninstalling everything and will spend the next day or so downloading drivers, reinstalling programs, and generally doing all the fun and exciting stuff involved with changing a Windows OS. I figure it’s best to have the computer outage while my Muse is on vacation – it would never do for the system to be down when I’m deep in the midst of a weaving project!