I ordinarily reserve Fridays for comedic errors brought on by my dyslexia, but I decided to highlight one of the many gifts I feel it’s given me. (Mostly because I can’t seem to think of funny stories, at the
|Made these guys from scratch, and entered them into
an art show. Mikey and Raph sold, but Leo and Don are
still looking for homes in my online shop here.
One of the common traits shared by many in the neurodiverse community is visual thinking. Dyslexics often think in that way, as do people on the autism spectrum and others. I’m no different. In my case, it seems to be strongly associated with textile work.
If given enough time, I can usually figure out how to make something, just from looking at an example. Unless it’s extremely complicated, I don’t need to take the piece apart, either. Most often, I can visualize the garment, then separate the pieces in my mind.
The challenge comes in figuring out the right fabric to use and determining the fit. Since human bodies aren’t uniform, that’s where I struggle, but I have been able to get it right before.
Bags and toys, however, are a different matter. This messenger bag, for example, was made from an old, torn up pair of my husband’s jeans. I did no research beforehand, and there was no pattern involved. In fact, it came off of a prompt to make a messenger bag from jeans. As soon as I saw the prompt, the image popped into my head.
I did a little sketching, a bit of measuring, and then I started experimenting. I still use that bag today. I actually carried it around the convention I attended with a friend at the beginning of this month.
Another example is the turtles pictured in the beginning of this entry. I’d originally wanted to make my husband a Leonardo doll. I did some experimenting, made the first doll, and shortly thereafter a friend commissioned a Raphael doll. From there came the four key chains. In fact, once I actually wrote the pattern down, and posted it here on HubPages, it won Hub of the Day!
Since I have some bigger safety eyes, I may try making some bigger dolls, and attempt making little prop weapons for them.
While I realize visual thinking isn’t exclusive to those of us with dyslexia, it’s common enough that I’m pretty sure there’s a connection. Even if there’s not, the ways around weaknesses I’ve had to implement due directly to dyslexic errors are responsible for a lot of my successes.
As life continues to roller-coaster along, whatever I succeed in doing won’t be in spite of being dyslexic, but because of it.