is there only one way to accomplish stuff?

is there only one way to accomplish stuff?

How do you accomplish stuff?

I had a pretty busy week trying to finish some illustrations for clients (I’ll show soon the results), listing my new collection of indigo dyed and block printed pouch bags (here), starting a new series of botanical drawings to turn into digital prints, taking lots of notes about natural dyeing (incredible read and tips over on Folk Fibers blog). I also picked the first little bunch of wild flowers, experimented with gouache (more about this in soon) and started knitting a blanket (I’ll show more pics later and also ask for tips to experienced knitters). On top of all of this I managed to wake up really early for a couple of days, wrapped up in lots of clothing and snapped a couple of pics of dawn at the village.

indigo dyed pouch bags modern botanics

 

 

notes on dyeing with pomegranatePretty impressive week, especially considering that I did it all with a pretty constant bad pain in my back (and it was the third week of pain).

Does it ever happen to you to feel like you’re not accomplishing stuff? Lately it bothered me a lot, I felt like I couldn’t finish anything. That’s probably because I can’t just work on one single project at the time. Lots of people will tell you that it’s much easier to complete one thing when you concentrate on that specific thing. And do you know what? I’ve tried that, but it doesn’t work for me. I like to work on different things simultaneously. It’s the way I’m made. So what happens is that it’s a little more difficult to see and acknowledge the progress. This is why I’m thinking of writing a post once in a while about things accomplished and other stuff that needs more work. It can be a way to feel more in check and acknowledge progression, right? and maybe we can do this together? Wouldn’t be nice to write about this on our blogs (or social medias) and try to make ourselves accountable? it would be a nice way to share progress and ideas, we could all get some help in that.

wild flowers Lake Como

how do you accomplish stuff?Maybe I’m a bit of a dreamer. I just re-read what I wrote and I come out a little bit naive. But I do think community is very important and I would love to find a way we could all have a proper conversation over stuff that feels important to us. See and understand a different perspective is key. Right?

blanket project

Ok no more hippy sentiments from me for today, I’ll leave you with some pics about this week. But if you have any thoughts about what I was talking about here, please leave them in the comments and maybe we can start a conversation xx

dawn at Lake Como

 

 

19 Comments

  1. I have the problem of sticking to one piece and finishing it… I get excited by mediums and ideas and jump from one to the other. Drives me crazy. I would love some kind of accountability group :)

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    • Maybe we can be accountable to each other for a period of time, until other people join in? we could do a blog post check in or something over on Instagram. Let me know what you think (modernbotanics@gmail.com)

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  2. Hello Mirta, great post! I can totally relate to the feeling of not accomplishing stuff or not accomplishing as much stuff as I’d like! I’m still finding that this is one of the things I find most difficult with my work, there never seems to be enough time! It’s taken me a couple of years just to work out how important it is for me to work within a structure as left to me own devices I tend to meander, but creating a structure is a challenge in itself as there are always a million directions that I could go at anyone time so which do I choose? :-)It’s a ongoing work in progress! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on it, it’s always reassuring to know I’m not the only one! Love your work. Kat x

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    • Thank you Kat for expressing your thoughts here. I do think that there is a lot of people who struggle with this. I tend to meander too, and if I have an idea in my mind of something I would like to make I need to make it right away, even if I’m in the process of creating something else. Trying to find some sort of structure that I can work within is the most difficult thing.

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  3. I completely agree with the feeling of not accomplishing enough tasks. It’s so easy to make a long to-do list and not celebrate completing things and just moving onto the next task. Working simultaneously on projects is great! The thing about being a maker is it’s more about the creative process than the most efficient capitalist way of accomplishing something. I love your work and I hope your back pain eases up.

    M

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    • Do you know what? I stopped writing to-do lists a while back. I just couldn’t bear to look at them and feeling bad about myself. I only make them if I have orders to work on. I do agree that a lot of it has to do with the process, but I also know that since i started to do this full-time it has to pay my bills. Thank you for your words and well-wishes. My back is a bit better and hope I’m going to recover soon

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  4. Hi Mirta! I’m exactly like you… and this is a coversation I have wanted to have with someone for a long time. I am just getting a new website up and running, and would love to try the blog idea with you!!

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    • Hi Brooke! So happy to see you here. I’ve been wanting to have this conversation for quite a long time, but I was a bit scared of people not understanding it. Happy I finally decided to share my thoughts about this and happy to see people chiming in with their thoughts and ideas about it.
      Looking forward to see your new website and work on this with you!

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  5. I cannot believe how coincidental seeing this conversation today. I have been ‘stuck’ for months trying to start my next project. Do I draw, paint, collage, stitch, or all of them? I’ve been working on all of them and have no idea how to bring them all together or whether to keep them separate. I waste so much time ‘thinking’ visiting galleries, photographing things of interest anything but getting on with the job in hand. I have even dropped a day at work to concentrate on my practice, at this moment I’m no better off. Great to get it off my chest, thank you

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  6. I have multiple interests, too, and I sometimes think I’m doing too much and should finish more stuff, so I can relate to what you’re saying.
    However, for me, it wouldn’t help to work on accountability because my inner perfectionist is bugging me too much anyway. But then again, I still have my “normal” day job so have less pressure when it comes to paying my bills.

    I was wondering whether the concept of “working out loud” works for the creative community, and I really like your honesty, Mirta, and hope that you will find a group of people who share the idea!

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    • I’m not sure the concept of “working out loud” works for this community, I think I need to find out. I know I got a great response to this post, here, on instagram and by email. So this topic is certainly dear to many. Thank you for chiming in Andrea.

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  7. Hi Mirta,

    This is such a thing for us, creative souls…..i am in a constant fight with this…getting stuff finished and making time to play and explorer, while taking care of my home and most importantly my kids…..it really is a battle. So it is great to have a conversation about this in some way….encourage each other….I am looking forward to more posts about this! Thank you for this, for being real….
    xx Thea

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    • thank you for chiming in Thea, happy you find this post useful

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  8. I think this is a beautiful idea, Mirta. I also seem to work in a scattered fashion, and it’s so hard to see or feel progress. I think many of us are in the same position, and also we work alone, so there’s not much (or any) feedback on our work for a long long time. My art is different from yours (written vs. visual and tactile), but I think we’re struggling with the same things. Conversations almost always lead to interesting ideas. xx

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    • Happy to know that even if work in different fields, we can relate Rebecca. The lack of feedback is quite scary at times. Hope we can keep up this conversation some how.

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  9. Such an interesting post and happy to have found your blog . I think my way of dealing with part of this is to make sure I have both quick and long projects on the go . The short ones give me the motivation of completion and the longer ones propel me along . At times I have worked with an accountability group and that worked really well too . Thanks for starting the conversation .

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    • thank you Rhiannon. I’m happy this post resonated with you. Your method is quite similar to mine. I’m almost constantly working on different projects at the same time and one of the things that work for me is to have some of these quite short that I can complete in a day or two. I hope we can keep up this conversation.

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  10. Honestly, you are not the only one! I am constantly flitting from one project to another – illustrations, painting, sewing, knitting, learning, reading, photography… I think because I enjoy so many creative things that is where I struggle to finish and accomplish things. Like you I cannot settle on one project. Maybe this is how creative people are set up? I’m glad to read other people find this problem. I have set myself the task this month of finishing five things I have not yet finished, so a step in the right direction x

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    • I think lots of us have this problem Charlotte. I also think it starts to be more of a problem when you make things for a living, I need to find some sort of scheme and this seems to work for me right now. Your task sounds like a good way to step in the right direction, good luck with it!

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