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The Creative Thought

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Each month we will explore a topic relating to our shared interestof textile creativity.
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The Artist in Me…..

Conversation Posted on Wed, June 01, 2016 11:09:11

Hi all,
So sorry it has been a while since I last posted a blog but really look forward to hearing your views again,
and will try and be more on track!
look forward to hearing from you

Delacroix famously said,

“Oh young artist, you want a subject; everything is a subject the subject is yourself”.

Having seen the recent exhibition, “Delacroix And The Rise of Modern Art”, has left me pondering what he may have meant by this.

As Delacroix implies, I do try to put a little and sometimes a lot of “me” into the textile work that I produce. I am currently working on a body of work for the next E.A.S.T exhibition “Follow a Thread”. At E.A.S.T we always leave time for ideas to evolve, sometimes leading us far from the starting point. My theme considers the different components and strands within families. This may appear a very personal subject but for me the interpretation is not just about the subject area. There is also a link to the materials and methods I use. I love to weave surfaces joining unusual materials together. Texture and form are as important as colour and design.

Wires and knitted yarns are moulded once again to explore my current ideas. I cannot seem to stop this! It is as if a genie is controlling my hands. Does it matter that I am continuing with techniques previously used? I hope not.

I am often asked this same question by others that feel they have become “stuck” or predictable. My answer is if your methods convey what YOU want to say, then that is justification enough. Do we criticise the author who always writes in a certain genre (poor Agatha Christie!) or fault the oil painter who does not explore water colour? I think not.
We accept that a creative style evolves – it comes from within.

How often do we as artists and or makers (another day to chew over that distinction!) do we wonder if our inner reserve of creative energy has run dry?

I know for many, me included, the worry is real!

So where do you find yourself on this subject?

Are you the person that knows what sparks your creative output?

And if like us all, if you find yourself in a dip, how do you refresh the spark? Swimming does it for me though I have recently added mindfulness meditation and yoga for freeing the thought channels that sometimes become blocked.

This is perhaps what Delacroix suggests. In some way, we are the subject.

Do you agree?

Share with us the bit of you that makes YOU your own subject – whatever the theme, whatever the medium.
i look forward to hearing from you,


Welcome to the Blog

Conversation Posted on Tue, November 17, 2015 18:02:20

Welcome to the blog – The Creative Thought.

I hope this will be the place where we can explore and share the
creative elements within our lives – either from work or play, all are important.

If I had a pound, dollar or shekel for every time someone said to me – “the
trouble is I am just not creative….” well my piggy bank would be very full

In reality we are ALL creative in some way.

Sir Ken Robinson, eminent Professor in Creativity and one of my favourite
academics, is a firm believer in the power of creativity within our lives, from
cradle to grave. In agreement with Sir Ken, I too recognise the importance of this embedded creativity, i.e. not just a “tag-on” once a week fix in an art class.
Creativity can bring great fulfilment if it is firmly centred in our daily
approach to life.

In some instances creative talents are very obvious. The competent artist,
musician, designer or architect can all illustrate how they harness their
creative energy. However, a less tangible force is the passion that many of us expend
on our creative interests. Observe the crowds for just one hour at the large Knitting
and Stitching events in the UK and you realise that it is this immense passion (in
this case for textile subjects) that energizes people. The creative experience can
be as much in the looking and understanding – the inspiration, as in the doing.

Quite often I find that people overlook some of the more intuitive
creative energies that we all have. For example, people are often passionate
about their gardens but do not recognise that this is a form of creative energy
and expression. How we design, decorate and furnish our homes are other ways
that illustrate our skills at creating surroundings that nurture our soul –
our home is our own space. Similarly the revival in home cooking (thanks to the
power of TV programmes!) bombards us with images of beautiful “creatively
presented” plates of food that are more a 3D work of art than a nourishing
meal. Certainly inspiring, if not filling!

Creativity is all around us – we do not have to go to a special place to
find it. We just need to remember to LOOK!

So what do you think?

Are you creative?

How does this demonstrate in your life – your work,
your leisure and for those of you that “create” for a living, hobby or passion
– share some of the process with us.

What makes you tick…… We can’t wait to hear

Happy blogging,



Conversation Posted on Mon, August 24, 2015 12:54:46

Welcome to the blog.