|Nancy Shriber and the jacket that made the cover of Threads magazine's 15th Anniversary issue|
|Spectacular silk dupioni pieced yet flattering jackets|
|The insides are as beautiful as the outside|
|An old, rare sashiko remnant at the back yoke combined with fabric that Nancy painted and mushed in a plastic bag.|
Hearing Nancy speak reminded me a conversation with my sister in law while we were out in CA last month. Are you creative? I think that anyone who creates something new is creative. You create a new garment when you select the fabric, the pattern, the buttons, etc. That's creative to me. I don't think the only creative people are on Project Runway or in art shows. Maybe my skills are not where I would like them to be yet but if I put myself down by disparaging my efforts, then I don't feel motivated to improve and enjoy the process along the way. I believe my sister in law is very creative since she sews beautifully and has taken up shoe painting that is fun and delightful to see. I think that seeing ourselves as creative gives us permission to try new approaches, admit mistakes and find the lessons to learn. Are there people far more technically advanced and more imaginative than I am? Only a few billion on the planet! But I am so fortunate to have time and resources to let me grow my creativity on any given day. When my world has cranky, hostile people in it, as it does too frequently, then my creativity and my inspiring friendships take me away mentally and physically from that negativity and fear. Yes, I am creative and I think if you are reading this post, the you are too. Here's to a roomful of women last Saturday who celebrated that spirit in each of us.
Oh, and in case you aren't tired of those Pamela's Patterns pencils skirts yet, here's what I wore to the meeting:
|Lace Magic Pencil skirt lined in stretch silk charmeuse....and backyard before the storm|