Frequently, when I go to my work studio in Salt River, my primary impulse is to put my feet up and take a serious nap. I think it must be the contrast of the busy production studio with the quiet, completely private studio space across town which triggers the nap impulse, and it’s horribly tempting….
The only thing to do to avoid succumbing to the lure of the snooze, is to just MAKE something. Anything! Even if I have no ideas, and without caring about the outcome terribly much. And that, really, is the whole point of my Making Fridays: just make SOMETHING because it’s time to show up and MAKE STUFF!
Of course, a heck of a lot of what I generate just sits about, with no real direction, and so I end up with piles of printed patterns and drawers full of papercuts, doodles and ideas that will go further than that. But occasionally some of these anti-napping things I generate actually end up becoming designs. Here’s a record of a pretty effective day I had in my studio recently, as I did my best to avoid succumbing to the lure of the zzzz:
And there it is! My Making Friday (a.k.a Idea-generating Practice) performed its function. Want to know more about it? Read all about what Making Friday here.
PS: I must admit that sometimes do just have a snooze. It’s really nice.