For me, because I am creative, creativity is like a runners high, and it’s like running in that you go up and down hills and usually feel great at the end of the process. Some people think you’re crazy along the way, as you take on new challenges, etc. but you have to do it!
I think most people have a too serious attitude when it come to just the word “art.” Art comes as a result of whatever is happening to an artist during a certain period of time. It even has historical significance. Monet’s paintings were made when lighting was being invented…so if you see the pieces in a museum with a guide, the guide will go on and on about the light in this piece and that piece. Some modern pieces are just the artist being silly. Some are just fun or are a play on something.
My art is an evolution, and there’s always a reason why I’m making what I’m making. Sometimes it’s an ego thing…I actually started ONLY using Wensleydale wool because I got into a little store in England and I just wanted to stay there as a stockist. At that same time, I read about Izzy Lane, a designer in England that has a fashion line from British wool. So I found the wool, and I taught myself felting from youtube videos and I became obsessed and specialized. One thing leads to another.
Inspiration for me comes from lots of places. I’ve loved magazines like Vogue since I was a preteen, and I had a real vintage hat collection. I never like anything cheap, or cheaply designed, or super mass produced. I am inspired by fascinating people with high ideals, and I love sculpture and colors. Sometimes I feel like I live in my own little world and it’s tiring to feel like a nut half the time, but when I look back at things, I appreciate that I was brave. David Bowie inspires me because he’s reinvented himself so many times and is so crazy about it- I love that.