1] Blog Name
Autism and creativity
3] Blog Age
3] At what age did you start to write and what was your motivation for doing so?
I use to avoid writing until I was in my late thirties. I started a foundation course that included writing a few essays. I found I couldn’t construct sentences. My husband tutored me, bless him. He was a good teacher because two years later I started an undergraduate degree where I was able to pretty much able to write unaided. By the second year I was doing very well.
4] Does writing/creativity come naturally to you or do you struggle to invent something inspirational each day/week/month?
I’m always creating in one way or another. I find it easy to write about fibre and textiles because it is a special interest. I do find it hard to write about me as I’ve always hidden my true self behind masks. This started to change after my autism diagnoses four and a half years ago. I learn a lot about myself through other people’s writing and that is why I reblog other blogger’s posts so frequently. They are able to voice stuff I recognise in myself but can’t articulate.
5] How prolific are you in your craft?
With writing, not very. On the other hand I’m constantly creating with fibre in one way or another.
6] Are your writings displayed elsewhere or just WordPress? If so where?
Just on WordPress now.
7] Do you ever suffer from writers/creators block? How do you combat it?
Yes I do, especially with my artwork. I haven’t made any drawings for nearly a year but it doesn’t worry me anymore. With textiles if I become uninspired or disinterested I switch to something else within the discipline. Creative blocks tend to rear their ugly head when I get too serious about what I’m doing. I need to keep things playful. Being playful and experimental is the best antidote to a creative block I find.
8] What is your preferred creative form? [writing/photography/poetry/artistry/illustration/design]
Drawing, spinning, weaving, knitting, crochet, stitching…
9] How do you arrive at your decision to write/create/invent about what you have chosen as a subject for the piece/s?
I don’t tend to think things through beforehand. I plough straight in and learn through the process and in turn I get inspired through the process of whatever it is I’m doing. I don’t spend hours on posts and they very seldom sit in the drafts folder. If one goes to draft it will likely die! I’m the same with letter writing; it needs to be written in one go.
10] Do you need an ambience to work with, such as music, quiet, scented candles, yoga, exercise, reading, film or something else?
I like quiet.
1] What helps you to create your content? [people/conversation/family/health/magazines/newspapers/controversy/funny moments/life experiences]
Hmm… I would say all the things you have listed and probably more. Inspiration can come from anywhere, we just have to learn to use our senses. Drawing inspiration almost always comes from landscape. When it is craft it most often comes from the materials themselves and books. I use to go to lots of exhibitions but my sensory processing disorder prevents that now so I glean a lot of information and inspiration from books. I’ve built up a great resource off non fiction books.
12] Is your content driven by your journey or your story, or by the journeys and stories of others?
Being autistic it’s all about me mostly and I would say it’s motivated by journey and story.
13] Are there any specific things which enable your creative juices to flow more steadily? [overtired/insomnia/mental health/eating/drinking/smoking/surrounded by colour/abstract thoughts and thinking]
Yes! Conversations with creative people are especially beneficial for me and for the other person as I tend to inspire others as I get easily excited when talking about my favourite things. When I’m with my friend G (an artist and crafter) or my sister (an author) I’m constantly noting down ideas as ideas seem to burst forth like a fountain.
Colour is very important to me. I find certain touch and noises painful and try hard to avoid these. Colour is the opposite. I crave colour. It stimulates me.
14] How long from start to finish would/can your content take you to complete?
It depends what I’m doing. If I’m writing it will be a short amount of time, definitely no longer than two hours but most often twenty minutes to half an hour. Or maybe it takes longer but feels like a short time! Drawing can take days, weeks and sometimes months. With crafting there is no time frame in that, I just do it. That probably does not make sense.
15] Are you pleased with your finished pieces? How do you feel when you receive acknowledgement from another?
Autism drives me to be a perfectionist. As I get older (I’m 57) I’m learning to not worry about imperfection so much. I need to have an audience and to get feedback. I cannot create then hide things from view.
Finally, what advice would you award writers or creators looking to express themselves and to then display their works to the world?
To be honest and genuine especially with yourself
My sincere thanks for Yarn and Pencil for sharing these views on inspiration here today.