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3 Ways to Boost Creativity — & What’s Happenin in Mixed Media Lab class…

Whether your creative urges have given way to the winter blues or spring fever, there are a few tricks I can always count on to BOOST my Muse up out of her comfy chair and into ACTION where she belongs.

These little tricks were brought into SHARP focus last night as I launched a 4 session Mixed Media Stitch Lab series locally but first a reminder:

Dont forget: the OnLine version will begin launch again in Fall 2012

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Overheard in the classroom: “This is SO important… to just recharge and learn some new techniques…”

“Victoria, I can’t even listen right now, I HAVE SO MANY IDEAS GOING THROUGH MY HEAD!”

“EVERYONE should be in this class… you’ve just reminded me to make time to play and learn — THANK YOU!”

(And THAT was just our first session!!) Of course, it helps to have GREAT students!!

So,  When I arrived, one of the workshoppers met me outside the building, navigated me through the old parking structure. We snaked past long forgotten signage and crumbling brickwork to park and seek out the elevators. Lined with glass on one side, you could watch the outdoors during your ascent…   Once on our floor, she guided me into and around the labyrinth that is in one of our long time local businesses. Everywhere I looked, there were interesting architectural elements like art deco windows and lofted balconies. Walls of glass reflected totem poles from within the woodshop and studio workspaces beckoned from behind half closed doors…..  I was thrilled with the sights, and the smell of carved wood was an exotic contrast to the very civilized work space.

CREATIVITY BOOST #1: GO SOMEWHERE NEW  AND PAY ATTENTION!!!!

It’s so easy to forget that too often we spend our time in the same places doing the same things… It becomes all too easy to focus inward and miss what’s around us. So… STOP IT!!

Whether you’re in a shlump or just need to clear your mind, the energy of navigating somewhere unfamiliar is refreshing if you open yourself and say YES to the possibilities. Challenge yourself to capture ONE interesting feature… ONE peculiar observation… ONE thing out of place… All of these perceptions have the potential to turn into something refreshing and satisfying of you SEE.

As we dove right in to the specifics of a Gel Medium Transfer, I had another jolt of Creative Mojo: CREATIVITY BOOST #2: YOU DON’T REALLY SEE SOMETHING UNTIL YOU HAVE TO EXPLAIN IT!!

One of my favorite aspects of teaching is that student curiosity never fails to push me to make new discoveries. Whether they see a new possibility in a tool, or they create a twist on one of my techniques, share what you know to learn more about it yourself! It works especially well with beginners — they are full of wonder and possibility, and often jump right in to an exercise which spawns rapid fire Q & A between us. And, with the seasoned artist or crafter… their experience PUSHes me to rise…  It’s one of the best dances EVER!!  Very. Cool.

The hours flew by as we painted, glued, collaged and really immersed ourselves in the simple act of creating.  It was a beautiful thing as the experiments gave way to confidence and collages were born:

CREATIVE BOOST #3: PLAY!! It doesn’t matter if you practice the arts of paint, fiber, or clay, or the arts of medicine or business– we all need the freedom of play to recharge our inner battery!! As the workshoppers let go of perfection and direction, and instead allowed the fluid paint and water, the a-HA of a found image and the happy accident on the page to lead them, we all found ourselves laughing, sharing, and deeply enjoying the journey, without worrying about our destination…. Now THATs time well spent!

We wrapped up our night appropriately with Hand Embroidery 101: Straight & Seed stitches for Mark Making with Wrapping as dimensional element. I love watching the collective imagination light up when I start prompting with stitch possibility: Like wrapping… or weaving… or cutting apart… The oooooohs and aaaaahs were like food as we delighted in eachother’s discoveries.

Working into the 9:00 hour(!!) we packed up our supplies and headed back to our own worlds, each fortified by the Creative Space we had conjured together…

I. Am. So. Lucky.

 

Overheard in the classroom: “This is SO important… to just recharge and learn some new techniques…”

“Victoria, I can’t even listen right now, YOU HAVE SO MANY IDEAS GOING THROUGH MY HEAD!”

“EVERYONE should be in this class… you’ve just reminded me to make time to play and learn — THANK YOU!”

If you’re ready to take the plunge: JOIN US!!!!

Dont forget: Local & online workshops are simmering. Visit the JoAnn schedule for local bookings and the FAMM schedule for online goodies!

See ya!

 

 

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