weekend workshop in May. I ultimately wasn't awarded a scholarship, but I feel like I gained some helpful insight in the process.
What I began to realize is that one of the gifts that artists share is that they see the world in soft focus. We can look at an item and see it not for what it is, but for what it can become. For example, I see the hidden beauty in old things. I look at old sweaters and see them not as moth-riddled garments, but as the perfect fabric for creating sculptural handbags and accessories.
I think that it's also important for we artists to use our soft focus throughout the creative process, and not just during the inspiration phase. Sometimes we start a project with the best of intentions, feeling that we have a clear vision for the final product. But then for some reason, we get stuck and the project stalls. Before we know it, months have passed and the project is still sitting there unfinished on our studio work table (or our dining room table, as the case may be).
Try applying your soft focus to a stuck project. Squint at it. Turn it upside down. Cut it up and turn it into something entirely different. The important thing is to do whatever it takes to see it in a new light. Then you'll be able to see it not for what it is (a stuck project), but for what it can become.