1. What am I working on?
Lately I've been busy creating the Ladies of Lickety-Split which are cloth dolls with stories. Doll making has been an integral part of my life. While I sometimes veer off in other directions: book art, beading, punchneedle - I always come back to the making of dolls. Just in the past few days I've set the "Ladies" aside and am working on a whimsical cloth doll - which involves only a smidgen of reality. Watch for it at a later date...
2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?
As a whole this isn't something that I think about too much. Of course I don't want my work to imitate (or heaven forbid) copy anyone else's work. I do think that doll making opens one up to imaginative play and there are some very, very imaginative doll makers. I guess my work only differs in that its mine -- with my theme/story choices, color choices, fabric and material choices.
3. Why do I write/create what I do?
Because it makes me happy! That's it in a nutshell. I purposely do not give myself deadlines, nor do I worry about 'what will sell' (as I have in the past) but I just create because my mind and my hands demand it. Its a joyful process and I do everything I can to protect that joy. I'm so very grateful that I'm at a point in my life where I have the time with which to spend hours in my studio. Being frivolous with my time and creativity is my goal these days.
3. How does my writing/creating process work?
During my morning walks I let my thoughts go where they may. Sometimes I'm just in awe of the beauty around me - other times my mind is busy, busy, busy with ideas for a new 'personality'. All too often I'm walking home so quickly you'd think something was chasing me. But no, that's just me trying to remember the random thought I'd had so I can write it down. Yes, I should take a small recorder or a pen and notepad - but gee where would the excitement be in that?
The other stimulation I get is from material things (especially fabric) but also yarn or fiber that I just have to use. I am totally vulnerable when it comes to buttons or 'found object' metal items -- these often whisper their story to me before I've even had a chance to think about it. Lately, my focus (if I have one) is to let my imagination go and to not let that inner critic pop out.
Let me introduce --
One of my greatest joys is to visit friends online. What a treat to look inside another stitcher's studio to see what they're doing and especially how they are doing it. I pass along to you two of my favorites -- I know you're going to enjoy following them, if you don't already.
Jen also maintains a book review blog named A Garden in the Pocket. I think I need to stop by there more often as she has reviewed some very interesting looking books.
Hoping you'll visit these creative women - I know you'll enjoy.
NOTE: I'm so sorry -- my computer was giving me fits when I tried to link in Alex, Rachel and Jen's sites. Please forgive me. If you Google the names I'm sure you'll be able to check in with them.