It is fairly obvious that I love crafts and that I love using my creativity to make things. I mean, all the craft tutorials should be a big clue! But it is not the only way that I live a creative life. In fact, I find it hard not to make little creative decisions and choices throughout my everyday life. A lot of people might say they are just not creative, but I would say that in fact everybody is, and that we are just misunderstanding what creativity truly is.
When people ask why I go to Blogtacular each year, the one reason I always give is that I love the intense burst of positivity. There is something about having so many creative people in one place, all cheering each other on, all rooting for each other to succeed and helping one another out, that is almost dizzying. Something magical happens when so many creatives converge for the sole purpose of being inspired and learning, and Blogtacular is the best example of this that I have experienced.
Hands up who has wanted to learn something new, only to be struck with “the fear” that you will be absolutely rubbish at it, so you never quite get around to it? Yeah, me too. Logically, we know that trying our hand at a new thing means learning and that our first attempts might not be perfect. But them there is also that part of us that expects immediate results, that we will be a natural and it will turn out splendidly on our first go. Only it doesn’t, so we have a tantrum and never try again. Sound familiar? Read more
Following on from my post about getting your creative mojo back, I felt it was natural to follow up with a post on how I go about my creative process. This is how I was taught at art college, with some slight modifications I’ve learnt along the way! This is a very simplified method, with practical steps to help you when you want to create something, but have no idea what to do. Its not designed to create a masterpiece, but to get you started – I just wanted to share a simple creative process that can be used no matter what type of art, craft or creativity you use. This is as much about trying to get myself back into a creative practice as it is anything else; yes I make jewellery and craft tutorials, but I often find it hard to create something just for me. So grab your sketchbook or even just a scrap of paper and lets getting making stuff! Read more
You want to do something creative, to make, craft or design, but you just don’t know where to start. Maybe you have a specific project that seems so daunting that you never even start. Or maybe you have just lost your creative mojo and don’t know how to get back into the the swing of making anything! Read more
As part of my Birthday loveliness last month, I went on an adventure to the Harry Potter Studio Tour! For me, creative inspiration comes in many forms: writing, designing, graphics, and performance are all just as valid as painting and drawing. The perfect example of this is the Harry Potter franchise. Pretty much everything from JK Rowling writing the books, to the actors in the films, via all the prop makers, costume designers and visuals effects team is one giant mass of creative energy. I have also been a massive fan ever since picking up the books as a student, so getting to wander about the actual sets where the films were made, was something that was long overdue. So consider this a sort of creatives guide to the Harry Potter Studio Tour! Read more
Last week, one of my 10 year old cats, Martin, had to be put to sleep after suddenly collapsing. This might not seem like a major life event for some of you, but it was for me. After sharing my life with this odd little soul for 10 years it was devastating for him to no longer be a part of it, especially when it happened so abruptly. Read more
My knowledge of dance consists of watching several series worth of Strictly Come Dancing, one trip to the ballet and learning the moves to Whigfields ‘Saturday Night’ at school (if you have no idea what this is, YouTube it, it will give you a laugh if nothing else). So when my friend April suggested watching a contemporary dance performance of Scattered by Motionhouse at the Nottingham Playhouse, I had nothing to base any expectations on, but I said yes anyway. Read more