CreativityMaking art to please myself…and being very pleasantly surprised!

January 15, 2017by Anna Deakin0

After many years in the creative wilderness, suffering not only from creative block but also getting busy growing my family, I started making again…the problem was, I found I was trying to make things I thought other people would like, instead of just getting busy making whatever the heck I wanted too. I was so concerned about being able to have a little business and being able to sell things I lost sight about what it was I wanted to do and create and I guess I wasn’t enjoying myself as much as I thought. As I wrote in last weeks blog, the new year brought with it a new sense of being true to myself and a change in direction…and so I started putting my original work out there into the big wide world that is our social media platforms…and I held my breath, and I waited for responses…and I got ‘likes’, I got positive comments, and to my utter surprise I got enquiries for orders! This despite nothing yet being on sale as I’m awaiting supplies, what a boost for my confidence…I started creating more, like this Lino print test piece which I’m going to call ‘Feeling the Pinch’ (thanks Dad for the title 😉)

I can’t wait for my new inks to arrive so I can print up the back log in a high quality.

Boosted by the positive comments I decided to put a little side project out there too…now this is a non functional piece of art, it’s a display cabinet piece. When I was at university specialising in ceramics I based my final exhibition on functional pieces that were never used because they were so beautiful they were locked safely away in display cabinets. So, with this in mind I picked up where I left off about twelve-ish years ago and after tinkering for a while I created this vintage inspired tea-cup and saucer from paper and fabric…it’s currently having a good drying out thanks to lots of lacquer, but I managed to get a few photographs…I would love to know what you think,

I love the translucency of the paper when the light shines through…is it okay to say this next thing about your own work? I absolutely 💗 these! I can’t wait to put this in my display cabinet and get making more.

Tomorrow I’m picking up a vintage treasure I’m so excited about! More about that soon 😊…thanks so much for reading, I love to hear feedback so please feel free to comment 💕

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