In the early morning, I'm already in my play clothes (most people call them pajamas). This is very convenient. I can go from coffee with my laptop (library in my living room) to the studio without having to do any work (like getting dressed).
Remember those? Did you have them? Do you (like me) still have them? During my childhood we'd get home from school wearing our school shoes and decent clothing. The first thing we'd say was "What's for snack?" and the first thing our mom would say was "Put on your play clothes."
It's a signal to me to stop attempting to fit in and trying to reach some sort of prize, to stop worrying about whether I'm getting messy, to turn on the imagination and begin to really explore the world around me. It's a signal to get to my "real work" - creating. Playing is the best way to create.
These days when I get home from my day job the first thing I do is put on my play clothes. I have lots of them. They are all covered in paint. Many have huge holes. Slippers are an important component. When I give a workshop or attend the Terrace Art Club, I wear my play clothes.
This is partly because I don't have an unlimited clothing
budget and I need to keep some clothes somewhat presentable to the world at large, but mostly it is because of the message "putting on my play clothes" sends to my brain - Time to play. Time to create. Time to just be. Time for some FUN!
I'm wearing my play clothes now (the pj kind). For several
years friends have been telling me I should Blog. (I'm not sure why - maybe they want me to stop flooding their inboxes...) So, I'm giving this a run.
I'm just playing here.
What about you? Do you have play clothes?