Saturday, April 02, 2011

A great article on the creative process!

Oh my goodness, has it been about a week already? This last week was quite hectic, and next week will be too however I'm going to do my best to try and blog a little each day. I have been doing a lot of work to prepare myself for the upcoming Snohomish Craft Bazaar and for the two stores I will be selling my work in. Not only will folks be able to buy my work at Live Wire Boutique in Westerly, RI but also at Incredible Threads in Hope Valley, RI! This means quite a bit of production, printing, and packaging last week and the next.

I want to share a great article my friend Corina found. It's wonderful for creative types, or even people who want to be creative types (I always feel like everyone has the potential to be creative, it's the confidence to be creative some folks need to build!) It's curiously called "How to steal like an artist: and 9 other things nobody told me".

It's written by Austin Kleon, and you can read it here!

Every item is insightful, number 9 is possibly my favorite. Living back in Rhode Island I had a lot of friends move to Providence to live the life of an artist. They immediately threw themselves into a scene of following obscure musicians, frequenting the latest hip dive bar, and courting all manner of bohemians-in-vintage-boots-with-the-best-vinyl-collection. And they didn't get anything done. I felt courted myself, introduced to their friends as the author of the comic I was writing at the time, or introduced through my other works. In many instances these folks did not hide their disappointment at how cluelessly dorky I really am. I'd be chided for drinking diet cokes all evening and leaving at midnight, but heck--I had work to do in the morning. As for the blue jeans and whatever shirt I was wearing, heck, I had nothing to prove. I wasn't looking to be the next Andy Warhol. Then again, ha, he never drank and rarely went out either!


  1. Thanks, Georgia...that may just be the most inspirational thing I've read in a long time.

  2. You're welcome! I love it, it really puts a lot of 'undefinable' facts about creativity into words.

  3. What a wonderful article! Thank you for sharing! I really like #9 as well. Some people view my husband, son and I like they just don't know what to think. Maybe it's because we're young and live a very quiet life together, and they think it's just not normal haha. We do tend to be more productive, though, than friends around our age who are more intent on living it up ;) This has given me so many ideas :D

  4. Same here Mary! Ryan and I genuinely enjoy one another's company, and we like our nights in. We're pretty excited to have each other to bounce ideas off of and comfort after a bad day. Our late 20s contemporaries can scoff all they want, it works for us.


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