Wednesday, November 18

Production Work and the Silver Lining


One summer while I was in college I worked at a silk screening plant. We screened panels of cloth that eventually became shirts. We worked the same designs for weeks. One of the stations had a very hot dryer from the ceiling blowing on the inked panels as they came off the line. Every two hours we rotated stations, but it was the same thing day after day.
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When I was fortunate to reap the benefit of the twilight saga,I knew I'd have to hunker down and do production work. Even though I designed a few different styles, I was making earrings 40-50 at a time. Soldering and blowing resin bubbles 'til my lungs needed fresh air.
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Where's the silver lining you ask? It's the freedom of thought that production work brings. I found myself working new designs in my head while I punched out hundreds of map circles. I'd stop a moment and sketch something in my moleskine. Before I knew it, I had pages of new designs. I probably won't get to them for a few weeks, but just knowing they are there makes me both excited and grateful for all the types of work I do.
xoSherry

6 comments:

LocustSt said...

It's great that you can find the positive in something that can get really monotonous! When making numerous journals at a time it can get that way too... but there is also a freedom in knowing that we are choosing this monotony and that we are reaping the benefits... not some large company! I'm so glad your earrings are doing so well!!!

Kathy said...

Good for you Sherry to take something difficult and tedious and make it into something positive and rewarding. Can't wait to see the new designs.

Michelle | Cicada Studio said...

This is exactly why I find production work so frustrating. The moment I get to sit still and do something that doesn't require complex thought, I get an immense wave of new ideas that I'd like to tackle or work out in more detail and I feel bound by the project at hand. But good for you for finding peace with it. I should take a cue.
And good for you that you have so much production!

stacy di said...

you have such a great attitude! I'm excited for all your press and success...even if it means some serious production work...

can't wait to see what you come up with next!

Mary said...

OMG! I also worked as a factory type silkscreener (plastic maple syrup bottles!) for a year while in college...gave me a serious appreciation for many things and people and how people survive in the world....;-)

Waterrose said...

Yes....I don't have so much production work, but as I embroider a design I'll take a stitch and I have that Ah Ha moment and I have to write it down. Oh a couple of skein of embroidery thread will end up next to each other and my brain goes off on another tangent. Thankfully for all of us...it does happen or where would we be?