Creative eccentricities – Soomin

I recently came across an article describing how most creatives are eccentric. It was written by a Harvard graduate and also described how this theory had been proven through psychology and history. I don’t know how much of it I really believe, but I started thinking about what my ‘eccentricities’ are. And there seems to be quite a few. Things I thought were not that weird, when described to other people, they find fascinating and odd. So I came up with this idea to start a new blog post series to let you in on some creative eccentricities.

Let’s start this series off with the whopper – one of my own – the one I get the weirdest looks about, the one that my husband could not stand (but is now used to), the one that could make me sound like a nut, but something I am not ashamed of… Are you ready for it?

Whenever I am embroidering anything, I need to be watching Lord of the Rings.

I’m talking the whole trilogy, all 9-10 hours of it, over and over, for however long it takes me to be embroidering a piece or the start of a collection. I’m not even really watching it – I don’t need to – I know most of the lines (ok.. maybe all of the lines) before the actors even say them. I even yell out the lines a few seconds before they do. It doesn’t even directly inspire my collections, but I just HAVE to have it on. I’ve tried other movies, TV shows, music, but nothing comes close to LOTR in helping me produce my best work.

I’d started doing it when I was in the final year of my university degree. That was the first time I really got into embroidering. I was already a fan of the LOTR movies, but I had never really watched it that much before. Then one night, when I was embroidering one of my final collection pieces for uni, I put it on since there was no more good TV on that late at night.  And it’s been like that ever since… I had never even thought about it, until I moved to London with my husband. He witnessed my ‘ritual’ – I’d get out my embroidery frame, set it up with all my beads and crystals around me, then I’d set up the movies. Over and over, every time without fail, and so he started questioning it. And telling people. And then I kept getting asked, WHY?

To be honest, I don’t have a proper answer. Perhaps it is the fact that I know the movies so well that I don’t keep looking up from my work. Perhaps it’s the soothing background elf music. Or the wise words Gandalf always imparts. Or maybe the sound of those orcs brandishing their mighty weapons. Perhaps it is the fact that I look like a hobbit so I identify with the characters. I really don’t know. But it is a part of me and my design process that produces Soomin collections. This may make you change your mind about me, but I’m sure you all have some eccentricities of your own. Right?

So there you have it – a small window into my creative eccentricities…