I was tagged by the lovely D’nali for this creative musing, so here goes.
1. What am I working on?
What am I NOT working on!? I seriously have my hands in everything right now. I knit/crochet, I’m making jewelry, I’m sewing for myself and learning to sew for others, I’m designing patterns, experimenting with fashion draping, I’m crafting soaps and other natural beauty products, I’m gardening, and playing with photography and photo manipulation. There are so many other things that I haven’t named, because I am still trying to find out how I can incorporate them in my creative work.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My jewelry pieces are my creation. I love a good knitting or sewing pattern, but I enjoy more working from those items as inspiration. As easy as is duplicate another’s work piece by piece, it’s more enjoyable (and sometimes agonizing in a way) to try to come up with my own variations. I really feel like I put my heart, soul, and energy into the things that I make.
3. Why do I write/create what I do?
For pure enjoyment: I love creating things, learning something new and refining my techniques.
For the challenge: Creating relieves stress, but also challenges me at the same time.
For necessity: I like natural products and like to know what goes into my beauty products. I like a wardrobe that fits my body better than ready-to-wear. I get to eat food that I grow!
To give to others: I’ve become more open to the idea of sharing more of my creativity with other people. It’s still a struggle, but I’m getting there.
4. How does my writing/creating process work?
I’ve tried the process of long-term planning of what I want to work on, but that works out only so far in advance. I usually have to feel what I’m working on. If I’m inspired by a bead, or a piece of fabric, or an outfit, or a scent, I just go with it. For me, inspiration is EVERYWHERE, from the smallest concept (a color, a shape, a bead) to the biggest theme (a subject, a season, a destination). Once am idea pops into my head I need to see if I can get it out. As much as I love being spontaneous, I still need to keep in mind that planning is important.
I never know who to tag in these things. If you stop by the blog and want to participate in this, please do it and let me know that you did so I can come read about your creative process.