Friday, February 15, 2008

more thoughts

I've been thinking that my last post might have been a bit misleading. It isn't that someone criticized my work, it's more that I sometimes critique myself. I suppose everyone feels a bit insecure once in a while, even the cool people :)

While I do want to be successful, I am trying to do it by being faithful to who I am and how I see the world. So maybe that looks a lot different from what the cool and stylish people are doing. It doesn't mean that anyone is wrong or right in what they're creating. Trends are fickle, I suppose - maybe some people just got lucky when their ideas were the ones caught up by the main-stream. But I couldn't live with myself if I copied those ideas just to be successful. Besides, trends change too quickly for a copycat to keep up.

So what I'm good at is sort of rustic and cute, and what the main-stream thinks the thing to be is retro or weird or pastel or whatever... I believe enough people like who I am and what I do, that I can keep going for a while at least.

I also believe that life changes who you are. I'm sure my life will change a lot in the next few years. Perhaps that will change how I see the world, and so what I need to create will change too. That's a promise that things will stay interesting. The goal is happiness, right? Getting lucky doesn't have much to do with that, and I think I can be happy with the level of success I've achieved by just being myself.

P.S. I'm not really much of a philosopher, so my rambling thoughts might not make much sense. Thanks for listening, anyway :)


Munkeh said...

The things you create are wonderful and your talent is a real gift from God!

Be true to yourself and enjoy your talent!

Elizabeth said...

I think all of us sometimes question if what we are doing is the right thing. I think as long as you are being true to your artistic self, then keep going! Your work is so adorably cute, and who doesn't love cute?!? I love seeing your patterns, and they bring a smile to my face. I think that's the best thing you can give others =;)
With Admiration,

Fuzzbutt said...

Barbara I can only agree with what elizabeth and stine said as long as your true to yourself things work out we dont need stamped out images of creative people we need people who are willing to get out there give it their best shot I to love seeing your patterns and I love knitting them as well they bring me comfort and happiness when life is so unfair
Kind regards

Lucy said...

Barbara - Your designs are fantastic - I have every one of them and they are such a pleasure to knit! I check out your website every time I log on to the internet to see what's new !! You have many many admirers - all my friends love your designs so keep going and Happy Knitting!!