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Unexpected Detour

December 2, 2010

This post could be alternately titled: How extending my stay in Bangkok supports my creative process.

Real creative work is non-linear, often requiring long, unexpected detours to uncover the contours of the problem at hand. Long stretches of time provide the freedom needed to feel comfortable indulging in these detours.” Cal Newport

And that is why I decided to extend my stay in Bangkok. Jo & I happily completed all of our set goals and tasks during our first few days in the city. Fabric and components were purchased. International magazines bought. I went to Siam Paragon and browsed through all the high-end luxury stores. Saw Harry Potter. Everything was going swimmingly.

Except, I have this nagging feeling that I just need more time. You see, I have to present the Spring 2012 concept in January. Which means that I have to finalize the presentation this month. And, I’m not ready yet. I’m still scouring inspiration. Still tossing around ideas.

So, I’m spending a few more days in Bangkok. I’m going to a few more malls. I’m visiting more markets. I’m spending Saturday at Chatuchak. I’m collecting as much visual inspiration as I can.

I’m giving myself time and space to wander. I’m exploring detours. I’m getting lost in the problem.

It’s exhilarating.


The blockquote in this post was taken from Getting Creative Things Done: How To Fit Hard Thinking Into a Busy Schedule, which details a system to successfully accomplish both the creative and logistical tasks required by your business.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Emily permalink
    December 3, 2010 1:32 am

    Have you extended your year abroad or will you be doing presentations state-side? I’m enjoying reading about everything that you are doing! Hope that everything is still going well.

    • December 3, 2010 9:02 am

      I have extended. I’ll be in Cambodia through August of 2011. We’re in production – can’t wait to ship the collection and get it in front of people!

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