Monday, September 7, 2009

Panic, Doubt



Anyone ever feel this way when you are making something, and planning on showing it to others, and selling the object that you've made?
Maybe it's because I'm a beginner in terms of sewing and knitting. Making things for myself is fine, and I would like to take my work to the next level and share it. I like the clothing that I am making very much, and so far I have had wonderful reactions from people. But I worry- what if when people see the garments up close, they don't like them? What if they want their money back? What if they only see the imperfections? I've made prototypes and tested them (the printing doesn't wash off, the garments don't fall apart, they fit...) but when I look at them, I see where there is room for improvement. Which I think is normal in terms of the creative process. If you are completely satisfied with your creations, there wouldn't be any impulse to learn and create something new. Maybe this is a rhetorical post :)


11 comments:

UNIFORM Studio said...

this is completely normal.
I feel this way with every single thing I make.
the good thing is that it makes you strive to do better each time:)
this dress is beautiful, and feeling good about what you make is important.
xo

Amber said...

Hey...you are so on the right path Jennifer. I have the utmost faith in you, and your sense of design is impeccable. The latest iteration of the Constellation Dress is pretty fabulous.

A

janis said...

Yes, Uniform Studio said it well, this is so normal. I feel this all the time...sometimes Daniel gets so frustrated with me when I try to perfect something too much, I am almost never satisfied. But then I'll step away from it (the project) for a while and find I have a new appreciation and perspective.

Your dresses and designs are beautiful! Take a break and don't be so hard on yourself - especially now...xoxo, j.

Claire said...

Don't panic Jennifer! All that you feel is normal of course! You're perfectionist and that's good but take a little break and you'll feel better after to create!
Your dress i so wonderful! I love this fabric! You really have your style! I'm sure you'll be successful!

camille said...

i echo everyone's sentiments. it's a sign of a true artist to question one's work, right? i can't tell you how excited i am for you to debut your ermie collection. everything looks so beautiful, so far. you have such an eye for pattern and color. and it will be cool to own one of your early pieces to look back upon with fond memories as your line grows & grows! congrats on the new job, too! i hope it brings you more happiness and less stress! xo

Le blÖg d'Ötli said...

Don't doubt, just do... it's beautiful !

oneeyedrabbit said...

I think your designs look nice. Interesting choice of fabrics. Anyway, I really like your new hairdo. I think it brings out your face better. I am thinking about cutting my hair too. It been long for too long!

n a t s u m i said...

I love your dress and I am always impressed by you. I don't know how to knit and how to make a dress either.... I can't wait to see your new dresses!

trinsch said...

you make such beautiful designs! i love your colors and prints, and i am sure you'll do amazing.

kate said...

i know exactly how you feel, i feel this way each time i post a new animal and lately when i've shown my first two quilts. i think it must be an important part of the creative process, something that makes us re-evaluate our work and try to improve upon it. however, you need to also be happy with what you make, and i for one am super happy with your dress- it's so beautiful.

le loup said...

i feel it all the time. for a long time it kept me from sharing anything i made.
i have a little panic along with the creative urge.
the important thing is that you are making things anyway & i love the dress :)