Month: November 2015

Creating and sharing

For me, creativity is so much about sharing. Sometimes it is wonderful to create something without thinking about the end result, what it is for, who it is for, or even indeed what on earth is it?? However, as a social creature, I love to share. I love sharing skills, so that others can go on and use them and be inspired, but more than anything else, I love seeing that twinkle in our eyes, when creative magic does it’s stuff. You know, that moment when you realise that you just made something that you thought you ‘couldn’t’. That moment when something ‘clicks’ or comes together. I have heard so many stories from people I have worked with, about teachers or other not-so-well-meaning adults telling them that they were “rubbish”, “no good”, “never going to get anywhere with art”. I can put that in speech marks, because it was said to me. This isn’t a two fingers up to Mr Whatshisname, my old Design and Technology teacher, but a call out to us all to …

A lover of the stitch…….

Since I was a little girl, I was fascinated by the sewing tin, the random buttons, the packs of needles, the way a stitch could mend, decorate, fix together. I love that textiles can tell a story. A favourite well loved and worn teddy bear, threadbare dress that you can’t bear to part with, baby clothes, old braces, the handmade, passed down and treasured. When I read this, quoted below, by Satish Kumar, I completely related to it….. “We need to move towards a state where humans are active participants in the process of life and in the making of things that are beautiful, useful and durable.” Whatever it is that I create, be it a puppet, personalised memory book or journal, a dress, bag or costume, I want it to last, and it is designed that way. When we have something special, handmade with care, you can feel the love that went into it, and it makes you want to look after it. There is a ‘life’ to that creation, and it goes on to develop its own meaning …