One thing we plan not to change around here is our journal. Gill and I see the journal as an opportunity to stay in touch with you, our community. We love to share our creative journey and the journey of other creative folk too. We would be so chuffed if you would tag along and share in that journey too.
I love the way that reading and looking at what other people are making, can inspire and sometime help you find you own way to a creative life, or just bump, push, nudge or catapult you along a path you are already on, or onto some other path.
Exploring what it is to be creative and making time to do that, are subjects that interest many of us. This journal is a good place to have those conversations. Here we will continue to share creative ideas, resources, tutorials and inspiration. Cool things we have found along the way and things that have worked for us and we hope will inspire you as well. We hope to hear from you too dear reader!
So, without further ado, here is one of my favourite calls to action to get creative. It comes from Uppercase Magazine. You know, the one I am always raving on about. In case you don’t know, Uppercase is a favourite magazine publication that Gill and I have carried since we opened the creatory. As well as stellar content that focuses on makers and their practices, Janine Van Gool the editor, has a wonderful way of further engaging her readers and her online community by asking for submissions from her readers and wider community. Some of the works submitted are then shared in her magazine, or newsletter or social media.
Perhaps you may be interested in taking a creative challenge and having a try yourself?
I find, a creative prompt can get you thinking and making in way you may not have tried before. These kind of challenges can be so rewarding creatively. Sometimes even just a deadline can get me going, maybe it is the same for you too?
Here is an example of a call out I did for Uppercase last year entitled,Uppercase Reader Connections.
It was a creative swap, where, once you registered, you were then paired with another maker from somewhere else in the world. The brief was to get to know something about each other and present it in a creative way. Our collaboration didn’t get published, but what a wonderful journey it was.
My swap partner was Melissa Washburn, an artist and illustrator from America’s Mid-west.
The period of the call out and the work I did around it, was exciting. Getting to know another creative soul on the other side of the world, was a buzz and a highlight and had us busily swapping emails, word documents, social media links, pictures, a whole raft of questions and the following answers. Suddenly, I felt like a had a new and very cool pen pal. Then, it was time to share our respective creations with each other. It is so challenging to try to explain how amazing it was to transform all that I learned about Melissa into a finished piece. Then to see what she had created in return. It was like seeing part of what you do through someone else’s eyes. That was just magic.
This is the illustration Melissa Washburn made for me.
This is the brooch I made for Melissa.
Looking for inspiration and challenge?
Check out the Participate Uppercase call outs here.