Monday, October 30, 2006

Houston Quilt Market

Here are a few of the Dick & Jane designs I created.

I have been so busy! I just returned last night from the International Quilt Market in Houston. It's a huge wholesale trade show event of the year for quilt shops and other quilt and fabric business people from all over the world.

There was an estimated fifty-thousand people roaming around nudging one another, elbow-to-elbow, viewing the newest and latest quilts and fabric.

I really enjoyed my time there. I also happily bonded more with the folks in the New York City office who I met and worked with last month. That was a treat in itself. Getting to know them on a more personal level outside of the office. They are all such wonderful folks and I felt as though I have known them for a much longer time.

And besides that, it was particularly fun for me because my own fabric pattern designs were being showcased. It was so encouraging to see the company I work for being so well-known and so popular at the Quilt Show. I felt so proud to be a part of them. It was a dream come true for both of us. They got the license for Dick and Jane and I got to put it all together. It was fun taking the artwork and recreating it into something new and then finding it later being transformed onto fabric.

I so hope it is a success for them.

It was an amazing show. I found it inspiring to see so much talent and creativity under one gigantic roof. It didn't feel overwhelming. It felt very comfortable. Though I felt a bit out-of-place among quilters ... (I don't sew or knit)... I did feel in-step with the pattern designers. And as I looked from one end of the George R Brown Convention to the other end ... through all the many people down the long aisles, I thought, "I am exactly where I am supposed to be right at this moment."

I really believe that.

I know I have said that before, but it's like a boomerang. This belief doesn't wander far from my thoughts. It keeps returning to me over and over again. That I am at the right place in my life. And that feels really good.

Tonight, I am feeling ultra creative. Here it comes again. The vague feeling that I'm about to embark on some really wonderful creativeness. For a large amount of the day, I felt as though I was sitting in a waiting room, waiting for this incredible idea to erupt forth. My thoughts are swirling around inside my head at a very fast pace, yet hardly visible and just beyond my reach. I can't keep up with it. I want to quiet myself long enough to explore what's there so I can grab it when I see it. But alas... there is housework to do and my suitcase to unpack and bills to be paid and ringing phones to answer and I'm enormously tired and Halloween is here and there is not enough time in the day to be still and invent my creation.

Obligations have made me feel so guilty until a quiet voice inside me said, "You are doing enough."

I am doing enough. I am doing all I can. I am doing the best I can. And I need to believe in that voice. I want to believe in that voice because I want to trust myself, my intuition, my spirit, my creative side and the power of my thoughts.

The time to create will come when it is ready to come.

So tomorrow when I awake, I will just keep my regular pace and believe in the dream.


Rayne said...

I love the dick and jane patterns. Wish the pic would enlarge, though. I collect as many of the original dick and jane books I can get my hands on.
I would have loved to be at the fabric show. The different patterns and textures....
What an emotional post today. Isn't it weird how we second guess ourselves? Even if we know deep down in our marrow that what we are doing is exactly right at that moment we still have a twinge of guilt, or wonder if maybe we are not doing enough, or if we are doing it right. Do you think it's a woman thing or a creative thing or I don't know. I'm rambling. Off I go. Happy Halloween.

Monica said...

I am so in awe of how you have embraced this new chapter of your life, and you are just soaring with it! All of these new experiences and new people in your life, it's all a blessing. Enjoy it and know that when it's time for the next thing to happen, it will. I'm so proud of you, Shawn! Happy Halloween.

Janet said...

Ohh Shawn...the Dick and Jane fabric is grrreat!
Sounds like you had a great time!
And now you are having new ideas....I can't wait to see what you will do next...

Doodlestreet said...

Ah Shawn...I just love the way you write from the heart. Isn't it the best feeling when there are all those creative juices and energy flowing around inside. It's all so mysterious how some days there is so much, and other days it seem so hidden.--

danny said...

All of your posts have been so inspiring, shawn. I'm so glad you're in a place where you can do your art. And don't worry about time, there will always be time for art. And now I'm inspired by you to do more myself.

mac said...

you are so talented.........
dream big.

ValGalArt said...

yes, believe in the dream! What an uplifting and inspired post! I am so happy for you!

Jannie aka Chickengirl said...

Ooh these patterns are great!