Check out this recent post over at iHanna's Creative Space. She's making her Daily Art Cards from her mother's sewing scraps. Fabric trash, she calls it. I love what she's doing with it!
There's something about digging through a bunch of small pieces of fabric that really focuses the brain on the many textures and colors and motifs. When you see a large piece of yardage, you tend to see all the whole, but in the small little bits and shards (as Scarlett and I call those itty bitty bits of fabric) you see the little parts. I think creatively sometimes I focus too much on the big picture and forget to get lost in the wonder of the parts. I need to work on this.
And there's something about changing the scale that makes the ugly into the divine, and vice versa. Sometimes the most hideous design is made up of the most beautiful parts. This is something else maybe I should start integrating into my creative perspective.