Monday, 26 May 2014

So How Did You Find Doing Cuttings?

The first time I did some cuttings, I just got all the old magazines and clothing catalogues I could find and went through tearing out looks I liked.  I can't remember what gave me the idea to do that but I really enjoyed it and it helped me so much to begin to know how I wanted to dress - even if I can't always achieve it!

But when I've worked with women individually or they've been asked to bring cuttings to a group workshop, very often they come without anything or they bring just one or two scraps they can hardly bear to admit to having torn out.

Mostly they're reluctant to do the cuttings and embarrassed about what they've got.

I can understand that - they're not for their eyes only.  They're either going to share them with me or a group.  And in sharing with a group, they're going to see what other people have brought and that can lead to all sorts of fears of how their cuttings will compare.

It's sad because it's such a helpful thing to do.  I hope you've been enjoying finding looks you like and not been feeling inhibited.  Perhaps as you're not doing the cuttings to show to anyone, you've felt a freedom and not been editing as you've gone along - trying to make them into something you feel comfortable with other people seeing.

At workshops, what never fails to amaze me is how diverse everybody's cuttings are.  Even if they've been using the same magazines, each person is so completely different and has such a distinct style.

As part of the activity of doing cuttings, I think it helps to think about our attitudes.  I want to encourage you to be willing to celebrate your own uniqueness and know that it is special and to appreciate that others are unique and special too.

I think an attitude of walking down the street thinking:  "I have my style and you have yours" rather than thinking:  "What on earth is she wearing?" increases our freedom to be ourselves and uncover our own style.

Coming next week:   #imperfect week - we're going to be looking at the effect the whole concept of perfection has on our creativity and development of a personal style.

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