As I mentioned in today’s first entry (in which I said I’d be posting less) I’ve taken on a new super duper top secret project designing and producing shopping bags. A sure winner considering the tough economic climate and my anticipated price points (way out of the ball park). I’ve decided to put my advice in the homebased handmade series to a field test. I have little to lose. I have the materials, the skills and with the blog staycation, the time. At worst, this experiment could become a case history of what not to do. Luckily for me, forum members actually named the line and created a logo for me otherwise it would have gotten nowhere. I think it’ll be okay though. I plan to get peripheral benefit from it in the form of industrial pattern making and sewing tutorials and could end up with nifty Christmas gifts for my friends and family.
One annoying thing is holding me back and I’m wondering if this is more common than I imagine. I also wonder (suspect) if this problem is more typical of technical people. The issue is design paralysis. I think this is why I’m not a designer. I’m happiest being told what to do for someone rather than picking and choosing from all the design ideas I have. I can never decide. I know I want to do something but can’t figure out exactly what and then in the case of this project, there’s these complicated artwork patterns I persist in making and those take forever. I can never settle for something simple. No no. I have this inordinate compulsion to wad every trick in my repertoire into the project. One style I was working on yesterday is a leather shopping bag in three colors with two layers of insets. Can I just do something simple? Oh no, I have to junk up everything. Artwork is always a challenge. I really wish I could draw.
Now I’ve got the blue lamb spread all over the table and can’t seem to cut into it because I’m finding all these little things to do that seem much more important. ‘Fess up. You know you do it too. How do you get through it?