When did your creative awakening/reawakening occur?
I've been creative my whole life, but I've awakened to this fact only within these past few years.
When I was younger my creativity was expressed through creative writing, choir, drama and unusual outfits and hair colors. After high school, I was a floral designer for a few years and fell in love with color and texture. Then came the lean years during college and afterwards, working as an assault victim advocate, counselor for at-risk teens and social work case aide. I did learn to crochet during this time and my friend JLo introduced me to rubber stamping, but most of my creative adventures were few and far between.
In my late 30's I began to experiment with creative journaling, collage-- and I discovered polymer clay. And that was when I realized I really want to do something with this. And I realized I have all sorts of ideas of things I could make. And then I had my awakening-- I really AM a creative person. I LOVE being creative. Being creative makes me happy. Being creative is what I want to do. Being creative is WHO I AM. At the age of 40, I finally know this.
Where and when do you create?
Does nature influence your creativity? How?
It absolutely does! The colors of my room were inspired by the colors of sunrise/sunset. Most of my projects are inspired by a season, an animal, a flower... I'm always thinking of ways to incorporate some aspect of nature into my work. I'm also inspired by my spiritual path, so I also think in terms of the elements-- earth, air, fire, water... more nature influences.
My other big influences are color and texture. I want to create things that are a feast for the eyes, that pop with color and beg to be touched because of interesting textures.
What has been your greatest creative hurdle so far?
The naysayers... "I sure wish I could wander around the craft store every other day." "Must be nice to sit around and play with crafts all day." And so on and so forth. Hey, I've found what brings me joy, not my problem that you haven't been able to do the same. Don't take it out on me.
Also, I am a perfectionist. So I want whatever I make to be perfect, the first time I make it. And of course it never is. I've been seriously thinking about getting a "Wreck This Journal" to work through-- to learn how to be messy, destructive, imperfect, spontaneous and slapdash instead of such a perfectionist. I am my own worst critic.
I'm trying to accustom myself to thinking in terms of "Let's see what happens if I try this or that; what do I like better?" I'm figuring out how to think in terms of "Let's look at this as a learning experience." I've had to learn to leave it, think about it, come back to it later. Most recently, I've been learning to sketch out ideas and play with them on paper before I start my actual work.
So much more from this chapter I could go into... this is good for starters.
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