Whether you’ve started your hobby or career in leather craft just a few minutes ago, or you have practiced it for years and years something you should never forget is to dream! It might sound even dreamy for you but let me tell you why I came up with this post topic. Currently, even though I technically don’t have a summer holiday yet, it definitely feels like the south of France… IT IS SO HOT. You might read about Holland that it almost always rains… well not at the moment. So I find it a little bit harder to sleep at these temperatures. What do I do to fall asleep anyways? I start to dream. I dream about the next bag-project. What should the bag look like? What kind of handles do I want? Piece by piece the bag starts to get shape although I never seem to be able to finish a bag in my mind at night… because I fell asleep.
It feeds your creativity
The most beautiful thing about dreaming is that literally, everything is possible. You can fly, see something with 8 arms or even make up the most horrible creatures… When we take this power to our advantage you can design the most amazing products in your mind. It feeds your creativity when you think of the impossible and then try to make it happen! New shapes you have never seen in previous designs, color combinations could not go wrong and even though you’ve never applied a certain technique in your mind you can!
Besides dreaming of the most amazing designs, you take a little time off your screens, away from the stress around you or even off the world for a little while. It will calm your mind and gives you literally a blank canvas and room for new ideas. Think about it… when do you come up with your newest ideas?
You can only make dreams come true if you have any. So what about dreaming of some future perspectives? What do you want to achieve in the next year or years to come? I am dreaming of my future workspace or workspaces. I tent to start dreaming big bigger biggest. But then I also realise what should I do to achieve those dreams and which steps I do need to take first. If you just started out as a hobbyist you could dream of making it your job. It might be hard to figure out how to make a living from this profession, what you have to learn to be able to sell your products and when are you satisfied with your work. So if we don’t know the exact moves to make… let’s just dream.
Make others dream come true
Besides realizing your own dreams, in this profession, you have all the tricks and tools to make other one’s dreams come true. They might have dreamed about their perfect bag for years but could never find one alike in the store. You can make it. Dream together about the different aspects of the bag until it gets shape just like when I try to fall asleep (but don’t fall asleep in front of your client …). But it is also your job to guide those dreams… since some dreams might be better to keep as a dream if you know what I mean haha.
Dreaming is a great tool for your leathercraft. Take your time and just dream for a moment… whether you are lying on the beach, trying to fall asleep or while you are traveling. Dream about your designs, your future perspectives or about other one’s dreams. Try to dream as BIG as you can to create some magical ideas. But also, try to layer it in smaller dreams, this way you can make some dreams come true :).