Understanding How to Frame Your Creative Expertise.
Carrie, our daughter, posted THIS link on Facebook yesterday & asked what are YOU?
I posted that I think I am a Cross-trainer. I will explain why I am thinking that and it will give those who wonder why I talk about Positivity, Creativity, Journaling, Teaching, Coaching, and also Quilting. To ME, its all me!
I started out sewing when I was 4 or 5 years old, Mom taught us to sew by hand and then when she got her first electric sewing machine, us girls were able to then use her treadle machine. We knew how a gathered skirt worked before we even went to the sewing machine.
Learning how to do something very well can be transported into other parts of your creative life (or life as a whole). Once, I knew how to sew on the treadle machine, I bought my first sewing machine when I was 19 – one of those 50 pound ones. I made clothes for Carrie and myself. Going back to hand sewing when I started quilting, taught me the quarter inch seam precision and how to piece those corners together perfectly – so that when I did start machine piecing, it felt a natural progression and easier.
When I started doing Art Quilts, I started with Journal Quilts (8.5 X 11 inches). It was a size that I felt comfortable experimenting with and if I didn’t like what developed, I could toss without feeling like I wasted fabrics.
Every time I started something NEW, I just took the beginner steps and played around with what developed, learning with each step and each mistake.
I, then, started integrating altered art into my art quilts, art journaling into my altered books, etc.
Teaching is the same. I explain all the beginning steps and highly encourage experimentation from the students, to do it their way.
Coaching has developed from people asking for help, first it was just free skype calls, emails, etc. and now has developed into regular weekly 30 minute calls. In my coaching, I incorporate the methods I have used to help me grow from being overwhelmed, unhappy, depressed – journaling, is a big part of that and I encourage my clients to start journaling if they are not presently journaling.
When someone asks me how being Positive and talking about Positivity integrates with my Art life – I tell them in every possible minute of everyday. Its part of who I am anymore. Every journal page, every art quilt I work on has POSITIVITY in it, you just may not see it, but its there.
When I say I am “Spreading Positive Creativity” I really mean it! In every vein of my body, I try to EMPOWER everyone I meet with the feeling and I no longer worry about losing a friendship because I am “Too Positive!”
Sorry, its who I am
I LOVE who I am.