Thursday, June 28, 2007

Last night, after working on a few projects, I had a small pile of scraps left on the table. Since a few small pieces of hand dyed paper had made a big difference in the project I was working on, I decided to give myself a challenge; what could I create with the tiny scraps piled in front of me? The picture at the bottom is what I started with, and this is what I ended up with:

A fabulous Humanities teacher I had at SF State once said creativity is born out of constraints, not freedom. How true those words are! I would have never come up with the layout of the falling hearts card (my favorite) if I had started from scratch. But playing with a few torn pieces of paper and then having the challenge of filling up that awkward blank space at the bottom lead to a lovely surprise. Now if only the same thing would happen with the piece I've been struggling with for the last two weeks...

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