"There is an Indian proverb that says that everyone is a house with four rooms. A physical, an emotional, a mental and a spiritual. Most of us tend to live in one room most of the time, but unless we go into every room everyday, even if only to keep it aired, we are not a complete person."

Rumer Godden 1907 - 1998

Thursday, 10 March 2016


Kate over at A Playful Day has relaunched her podcast, perfectly timed as I've been thinking about my creativity and my making a lot lately. She's been thinking about making and communities to support this, she kicks off with an interesting prompt:

What does making mean to you?

Making goes hand in hand with creativity, both are barometers of my health and well-being. I suffer from depression, creating and making helps me to take the edge off my lows, gives me a purpose and a positive focus
Being a maker is to be curious, to experiment, to try; sometimes this results in failures, other times in success. It's taking time to explore using tools and materials
I don't remember a time when I didn't make things, it's a core part of who I am and what I do, if I wasn't creative, I wouldn't be me
Making leads to discoveries, new interests, collections

What brings you joy?

Taking a few simple materials, combining these to make something I love
Being inspired by and learning from other makers
The simple pleasure to be found in handling fabrics, papers, yarns
Combining colours and textures at the start of a project
A new project or sketchbook, the excitement of possibilities
Sharing my creativity with others

What are your frustrations?

Not enough to time to be as creative as I'd like to be
Having more ideas than I have time to pursue
Having a very loud harsh inner critic, not always having the confidence to turn failures into success
I lack an artistic community; I moved to a village about 3 years ago, I work full time with a long commute and as yet haven't found what I need near me
I work slowly

What do you secretly wish to achieve and what can we do as a community to make that happen?

Over the years I've enjoyed a few "Open Studio" events, I'd love to build up a body of work and have the courage to join in as an artist and not just as a visitor
Open studios are very much about community, I've often marvelled at how many artists exist in the area around me without me realising that they are there
Grow as a community that gives me inputs and inspiration