1] Blog Name
2] Genre/Blog Style
Creativity Blog about art, craft, nature, stories, music and anything quirky that inspires me, and hopefully others.
3] Blog Age
One year and four months.
3] At what age did you start to write and what was your motivation for doing so?
I’ve written since childhood, mainly poems and later songs. I like to use my imagination with words as well as visually. As part of my art studies I had to do a lot of academic essay writing and although it was not very creative, it did teach me how to write consistently and logically. I started blogging by running a website with my sister Ellie for a local community group. This gave me a taste for the medium and I started The Artist’s Child blog, initially with my sister, so we could write more about how to stay creative and live an imaginative life, as well as sharing thoughts on all kinds of creative pursuits.
4] Does writing/creativity come naturally to you or do you struggle to invent something inspirational each day/week/month?
I’ve found that the more you write the more you can write. With all forms of creativity the doing is everything. I try to write at least once a week for the blog and to have a list of ideas to draw from, but sometimes the well does become dry.
Usually I find that when I pay attention to what is going on around me and in the wider community, something suddenly will pop into my head.
5] How prolific are you in your craft?
With my creative pursuits I seem to work in cycles when I’m doing a lot of art, craft or writing and at other times I have trouble getting things done especially if life has stepped in with other plans. The blog is a good motivational element in my life because it forces me to keep trying to be creative, no matter how I feel.
6] Are your writings displayed elsewhere or just WordPress? If so where?
I’m only on WordPress because it allows you to control your format and content without any commercial pressure and I like the friendly, creative community.
7] Do you ever suffer from writers/creators block? How do you combat it?
I most definitely have had and still struggle with creative blocks in the visual art area. That is one of the reasons for starting the blog to keep the motivation going.
Moving between creative areas is really good so that there is always something I can do. Not stressing about it is important because blocks become worse when you worry about them so you need to be kind to yourself.
8] What is your preferred creative form?
I have always had diverse creative interests. I majored in tapestry weaving at art school and I still love textile work. I have painted and drawn since childhood and am concentrating on these mediums. Lately Ellie and I have been making hand made decorative paper to use in art works. No matter what I am doing I have kept singing with my ukulele, writing songs and playing with a local ukulele group, as well as writing short poems.
9] How do you arrive at your decision to write/create/invent about what you have chosen as a subject for the piece/s?
All my work is usually based upon something I feel strongly about and tells a story that also has universal appeal. It needs to be personal but also about life in general.
10] Do you need an ambience to work with, such as music, quiet, scented candles, yoga, exercise, reading, film or something else?
I like to be alone in my studio to write as it is easier when no one is around to interrupt. If they do I become irritated very quickly and I need to stay calm. When doing visual art or craft I like to play music softly or listen to a local music radio station. I love and need to have our two Fox Terriers around. They make me smile and keep me company.
11] What helps you to create your content? [people/conversation/family/health/magazines/newspapers/controversy/funny moments/life experiences]
Content comes from the combination of personal experience, family stories and my home environment and outside factors like newspaper articles, films, books and the internet. I draw inspiration from things that I have collected and our garden. I have a notebook handy by the bed in case I get an idea before I go to sleep or when waking up.
12] Is your content driven by your journey or your story, or by the journeys and stories of others?
I’m usually driven to create something from my life experiences and those in my family or circle, as well as stories related to Australia.
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]
Definitely sunshine helps creativity and getting outside into the garden amongst the greenery is good for contemplation and thinking. Our home is full of colourful textiles and objects from different cultures, which I find inspirational. There is always a supply of 85% organic dark chocolate and green tea to assist with energy levels. And I do like the occasional wine or mixed drink along with a good laugh with friends.
14] How long from start to finish would/can your content take you to complete?
Sometimes it can take a whole week to write a blog post, at other times few hours in the day. It just depends on the amount of research, photographs or images and writing needed. With my artworks and songs I either create something very quickly or leave it for months before going back and finishing the piece.
15] Are you pleased with your finished pieces? How do you feel when you receive acknowledgement from another?
I always feel there is room for improvement and that my next post or artwork can be better. That’s what keeps me going. If someone likes what l have written or created that is great and I feel happy and honoured, but I’d still do it even without an audience.
Finally, what advice would you award writers or creators looking to express themselves and to then display their works to the world?
Don’t be afraid to have a go. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by putting yourself out there. No one is the same and you will have a viewpoint that will be unique no matter what you create or write about. You never know where it will lead.
Thank you to A Guy Called Bloke for giving me the opportunity to contribute to the Your Truly Inspired Series and I hope my answers will be helpful to others.
My thanks to Kat for taking the time to participate in the Truly Inspired series, a lot of information there that l can/could relate to. In fact l wrote to Kat only the other day and said that l wasn’t ‘always’ totally happy with some of my poetry, but still published because someone often could relate. I can write some things that are very personal to me, but they may not always make sense to another and the point being made here is what Kat writes … “but I’d still do it even without an audience.”
Because ultimately we write for ourselves, if someone else acknowledges that, then that is a bonus, but mostly we write for us, it allows us to express ourselves – the way we want. We are each an artist, our life starts as a blank canvas, it is our journey and the colourful vibrancy of each step that paints our story.
Again my thanks to Kat, l thoroughly enjoyed reading what ‘truly inspires’ you to be you 🙂
If any would like to participate in the Truly Inspired series – please drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and l will gladly write you up and share your inspirations. I would genuinely love to hear from more of you, so don’t be shy… will you be number 22?