how many dimensions do I live in, she wondered - hard to know - as some days i seem to drift in and out of so many
I believe in UFOs – do you?
Ufos or (Un-finished Objects) do exist and I have collected masses of evidence over the years for there existence. Mostly this evidence can be found in boxes and plastics bags shoved into the back of my craft cupboard. When I get a new idea I have to try it out, it becomes almost an obsession, I have to get the technique right, and I don’t rest until I’ve perfected it. Sometimes, during the process I lose interest and the project I’ve started never gets completed - it becomes a UFO.
One theory that tries to explain this strange phenomenon looks at the orientation that women have to projects compared to how men engage with projects.
Women according to this theory are intrigued by how we do things, in other words we are process oriented. Men are intrigued by what they do and are more product oriented. Men tend to focus on the product, the end result in other words, they like a more tangible result.
Women are interested in the experience of creating – we like to understand the process, work with the process, figure it out, and get it right. Our fascination with the process or the 'how' can be a problem - because we sometimes tend to forget the ‘what’ part and don’t finish what we started. The process often finishes or is mastered before the product is completed. Just as we are about to finish the project our attention shifts to the next new idea, the next process we want to try out.
Process compulsion, can become very strong and we need to develop self discipline to stay with the project to completion. Being aware of this can make us more likely to finish what we started. Imaging the finished product before we begin can also be helpful in getting to the conclusion, helping us to finish what we start.
Of course sometimes it is just about the process and I’m quiet happy not finishing something I started. This is especially true when I am using art as a healing modality, when I need to work through an issue or problem and my choice of ‘therapy’ is art.
And then I go down into my husband’s workshop and discover a few more UFOs flying around…..
UFOs spotted in Clare's studio