Sewing for Sanity : I Made an Outfit to Tour In
Things have been hectic at Holy Scrap. Between Tarp Surfin and cooking with the anti-griddle we have been preparing for the release of my book which includes a significant book tour. The Good Life Lab comes out June 5th, that's when it will be available just about everywhere. The tour starts in May with a launch at the Maker Faire in the Bay Area. Then its 20 bookstores and hacker spaces in the north west, then Denver and Boulder, LA, NY etc. Mikey is presenting with me in the tech areas. I'm happy that the tour starts in those areas. He is a great support.
The book yanked me from the familiar and the comfortable and plopped me down in nervous, a sure sign I'm being stretched. I welcome the new and the uncertainty it brings. But I notice that this time around while being prompted to be a beginner again, I'm also gathering 40+ years of living and standing on that solid ground. The beginner will fumble and make mistakes while the expert stands ground. Change and newness also seems to ask that bear what we can not change. All this feels like being calibrated.
Its has been a long time since I've been in the business of creativity. I don't much like the biz part anymore. In these last weeks before the tour we're readying our homestead to be in the hands of a sitter, shutting down systems that have been running for a long time: wine, cheese, ferments, and there's rhythms around land and our gardens, bees and pets.
It may seem odd but this leads me to the outfit that I made this afternoon. Noting that the stress in my life has increased, I am doing more yoga, taking longer walks with Sesame, and limiting my computer time and caffeine. Most importantly, I made time to be creative. Today I made an outfit to wear while touring. A while back I pledged to do this. Hardly a great sewer it was a hefty pledge!
I made a wrap skirt and simple top from raw undyed knobby silk and silk thread. Sewing felt like a life raft. Sewing brought me right to the moment. For several hours laser beam focus transformed me back to delight.
Tomorrow I will dye the two garments. with acid dyes I purchased in mauve and brown. I'll post the results.