There is something both practical and powerfully creative about putting on an apron. It says I’m ready for action! It says I am switching gears and desire to produce something now. We take aprons for granted. We forget about their versatility in our lives. Imagine for a while the studio of Michelangelo, artist bent over a craggy block of marble, tools in hands. I’m certain that he wore an apron. Maybe he did not call it that, but yes, he wore an apron. Or, the metalworkers of Toledo, Spain who for centuries have crafted the finest swords. You know it is essential they don an apron. My brother carves wood all day, crafting fine stringed instruments. Yes, he wears an apron.
Now, the beauty of the apron, for the chef, gardener, potter or de-clutterer (to name a meager few creatives) is that the clothing beneath remains pristine, while the stage is set for accomplishment. Think about it, there is a psychic readiness to create when that apron is strapped on. Kind of like the doctor with her stethoscope round the neck, cop with his holster in place, the fly fisherman with his pole in hand and flies pinned to hat, and, of course, the new mother with her diaper bag slung over her shoulder. You say of course, but how often do we just jump into a project and forget about it? I like to imagine that the apron draws vibrant energy into us as we ready ourselves before creating! A much finer lasagna may emerge, or a more subtle line to the image we are painting, or the pot we are throwing.
Anyway, I am satisfied that my washing machine runs less often. Maybe an apron is a good habit to get into.