I am an artist. I am a quilter. I am a writer. I am the sum of my history and interests and plans for the future.What you do for a living is often different from what your avocation or passion is. I am a recovering social worker who helped children survive. Now I am a working, consumed, art maker who loves fiber.
Art now consumes most of my waking hours and a few dreams. How was I creative BQ (before quilting)?
Despite the world trying to make me into an obedient student, daughter, girl, person,
I believe I was always creative.
Creative people are sometimes perceived as being... different.
I wrote a list of the ways I was creative as a child this morning. In 2 minutes I had a list of 30 ways I was creative from childhood until I discovered original quilts. I'll share that list another time, shall I?
Today I am considering the general concept of living a creative life and wondered about you, my blog friends. How were you creative before quilting entered your life? Did you grow up using your creativity?
As a child I was always quietly imagining stories, writing plays, turning old mismatched jewelry into speaking entities with personalities who lived in cities made from towels. I melted crayons and ran the colors together. I spent a good amount of time alone making stuff, but also wanting to play with friends.
Even then it was a balance of alone time to imagine and create VS the need to be with friends. Then, as now, my friends didn't always get the creative side of me. Going through the psychology program in university, I was a volunteer for extra credit, test-taker. The grad student analyzing the results was often surprised that I scored highly in opposite elements. I explained it depended on the situation... I needed to be alone to create, but am also extroverted, and love to be around people.
Expressing your original self or making original art, is a drive, and isn't always understood by others who prefer to blend in. That choice is valid too, just not my choice.
Are you an artist who also likes to be around others? Have you found a group to fit into? What's that like?