It’s a big deal to me as a creative who also creates as a job to remember why I create in the first place. Sometimes filling demands relating to work can feel like it drains all the creativity I have. But if I can get back to why I love creating and make something just for me then it can feel like it fills that creativity cup again.
I honestly feel as if the desire to create is simply in our DNA as humans. There is something spiritual in creating beautiful things. And if we can get past our perfectionist tendencies and create just to create regardless of whether or not it’s perfect or exactly what we had in mind, then creating can open a window to Heaven. The fact that I can monetize it as well is a huge blessing in my life.
Would you label yourself as “creative”? Have you always been a creative individual? How have you developed creativity?
I have always liked to create, even in the early years when what I was creating wasn’t actually any good. There were a lot of years where I only had lopsided creations to show for my efforts. I remember growing up all the girls grumbling about how camp or activity days was all about the crafts and the sewing and the baking but it fed my soul. I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.
I really enjoy dabbling in a lot of creative endeavors. I’ve tried just about everything, I think. I went through a photography phase and a jewelry making phase, a macrame phase, a painting phase, there was a long winded embroidery phase. I learned to crochet from my great grandma when I was really young, about 6 or 7, and outside of the creating I monetized it’s the only creative thing that’s ever really stuck. It feels like a connection to her, I suppose.
There is a quote by Elsie de Wolfe I just love, “I am going to make everything around me beautiful – that will be my life” , because I think it’s important in this world of sharing what we create and hoping for likes and comments to remember that creating is more than just garnering likes. It’s about feeding our souls and expressing ourselves, even if nobody else cares.
Next up, I’m excited to introduce you to Kimberly! We became friends through Twitter. I adore her creative style and the darling kid/baby clothing she designs. (Seriously, please go stalk her Instagram and Etsy and try not to buy an entire new wardrobe for your kid. 😉 )
Take a break. Shut my office door and walk away. Go on a walk, clean something, play with my kids. For me, forcing creativity is never helpful. It’s part of the reason I plan my collections so far in advance. When inspiration hits, I know to just roll with it! Even if I scrap it all later and do something different, it’s all part of the process.
Creating is important to me because I honestly can’t stop! All my life I’ve been creating one way or another. I’ve been sewing since I was 7 or 8, but I’ve also done some drawing, knitting and crocheting, writing and interior design. A few years ago I decided that I was going to try and focus on just my children’s clothing. I was getting buried under craft supplies. When I need to stretch in another direction, I try and focus on my home or something else that takes little equipment.
I’ve been creating since I was a kid! I used fabric scraps and a stapler to make Barbie and doll clothes. I quit dance lessons so I could take sewing lessons. The sewing machine I got when I was 10 is the one I still use! The more I improved my skill, the more options have opened up to me. A person can imagine beautiful music, but a knowledge of instruments and writing music is required for them to create it and share it. Last week I learned a new placket method and now I have more options when creating. While we might be born with a natural creativity, there’s always work we can do to improve and hone our skills.
I love writing! I’ve written lots of short essays and I used to blog. I love that writing is a form of creativity that doesn’t require anything but a pencil and paper. In college when having a sewing room wasn’t an option, I leaned heavily on writing to express myself creatively.