Hello! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I’ve just resurfaced after finishing my first ever wholesale order, which was a lot of work (at least twice as much as I thought) and taught me a lot of things. Unfortunately, all that work did bring back my wrist problems, so I have to take it easy for a little while. I am glad though that my products are now underway to a small flower shop in Australia! And that I can now, again, try to restore some balance and get back to regular blogging.
First up: this Creative Blog Hop! Yvonne asked me a while ago to participate for my creations and then later Milla asked me to participate for my writing! I wasn’t gonna do the latter, but since I felt rather flattered and really do love writing, I decided to answer them for both “skills”.
What am I working on?
Well, because of all of that mentioned above, I am now, for the first time in months, not working on anything! I was working on a cosy new product inspired by my love for tea that will make it’s way into my shop soon. I also made the fabric storage bin/planter pictured above for a friend recently and that might be a fun product to add to the shop as well. But besides that, I will be working on new patterns and illustrations.
Writing-wise, I want to do more of it! Again, I’m not working on anything right now, but I want to start up a series again like I did for sustainable fashion a while back. I’m still figuring that out, but I really do want to write more. Actually, Milla asking me to participate for my writing really kind of awakened my love for it again, made me realize that I would like to make blogging a bigger priority. Did you know I actually went to school for journalism for a year? The journalism aspect of it wasn’t for me (haha), but I started it because I wanted to write.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I think it differs because I combine a lot of different things. The sustainable aspect with a modern, minimalist aesthetic, my prints with textiles, my textiles in a range of products for you and your home and of course the different printing techniques – stamping, screen printing and hand painting.
Writing here has been such a side project lately that I don’t feel I can really answer this question for it.
Why do I write/create what I do?
This is a hard question, because the short answer is, for both, that I do it because I love it. So why do I love it? I’m going to quote myself here, because there’s no point in trying to say it better than I did here (which took a while to write):
“Making something beautiful and useful feels like something worth doing, even though it’s not the best fit for an overthinker and perfectionist like myself. But when I can turn off my head and turn on my heart, there’s nothing like working on my creative ideas to make me feel alive and at peace. I have found no better meaning to my life than to make something with meaning.”
How does my writing/illustration/creative process work?
It always starts with a vague idea in my mind. An image, a color combination, a feeling even. I often let it simmer for a while, returning to that which inspired the idea now and then. I will often snap a photo of the inspiration or make a quick sketch to remind me of my initial idea. Often I will realize it’s not a great idea in the meantime, before I’ve even started working on it. Or it will turn out not to be a great idea when I do. Often times, my idea is too vague and I can’t really get a grip on it with the tools and skills I have. That’s why I’m constantly expanding those. But sometimes, when I sketch out my idea, I find that it can work and I’ll start making prototypes that, in turn, can prove to be unsuccessful as well. And then there are the times when the prototype is awesome and those times, I treasure.
When I start writing, I usually have a pretty clear idea of what I’m going to write and why. Sometimes I have notes to guide me, ideas and thoughts I’ve scribbled down in days or weeks past, sometimes I don’t. I will write and edit, and write and edit, and edit again and again. I always worry my posts are too long, that people will not want to read so many of my words and that some thoughts are better left unsaid. And so whole sentences and thoughts get edited out. Milla mentioned ever so kindly that she loves my “simpler, to-the-point-eloquent writing style”, which is in part a result of these worries. Though I do not intent to change my style, as it comes naturally to me, I do want to express my thoughts more fearlessly in the future.
Well, I edited out as much as I could, but this post is still very long! So without further ado, I present to you the three ladies you can hop to in the next two weeks to get to know them and read their answers about their creative processes:
- Sasha, a bookbinder from Helsinki, Finland, who makes beautiful notebooks using recycled paper and carton (I especially love her new linen notebooks!).
- Liesl, from one of my favorite blogs, Buckaloo View (formerly Liesl Made), where she writes about knitting, sewing, natural dyeing, raising chickens and gardening on a small farm in the Garden State, USA.
- Maja, a graphic designer, amateur baker, aspiring Yogi and natural food enthusiast who lives in Amsterdam and whose blog I only recently discovered, but quickly added to my reading list!
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject if anything resonated with you!