Creativity and Me
I have a bit of a crazy imagination. It’s a little dark, it’s a little light, it’s a bunch in the gray area between. I used to watch so much anime, I would dream in anime. I can’t tell you that I do just one creative thing. I don’t just blog. I also knit, draw, sew, create costumes, design tee shirts, hand-paint designs on tees, and make bead jewelry. Of course, I would never do all these things at the same time. That would be far too much creativity at once, and I’m sure that would be bad for my carbon footprint.
It’s a little more difficult to describe how I am inspired. It usually just comes as an “a-ha!” moment, or picking up on something I’ve heard someone say and maybe just twisting it a bit. It can also be a request, for either a special design or saying on a tee just for them, or it’s based off someone’s favorite color, like when I made jewelry for my mother, cousin, & grandmother for Christmas gifts.
My creativity has been spurred from a failed venture – I had attempted to design a tee for a group of my friends using an online design shop, and had the design taken down due to my (*ahem*) accidentally breaking the copyright law. In my disgust and anger, I decided to take the venture into my own hands, literally, by learning how to paint the design onto tee shirts using acrylic paints mixed with a fabric medium.
My creativity has grown from curiosity. I had started wondering just how difficult it would be to learn to knit. Just a few short months ago, I learned how to knit. Since then, I’ve created an eight foot-long scarf, a knitted purse, a small shawl (it barely fits, and I’ve since learned to follow a pattern rather than just knit and find out what happens), and started four other projects in their wake. I find colors and textures of yarn that pull me in, and from there I simply create. I’m still learning, but thanks to the seemingly endless amount of friends who knit, plus YouTube videos, I have no shortage of assistance.
Costuming comes from the purest part of my imagination, I think. When I make up my costumes, it’s usually simply piecing things together from what I already have in my closet. I am able to see my clothes working in different genres and different styles of dress. My steampunk/Eliza Braun costume was mostly that – skirts and things I already had. Put together a hat, add some accessories, and boom! Steampunk costume. My next project is a mash-up of two of my favorite genres at this point in time – anime and steampunk. I won’t go in to it here, but if the execution performs like it does in my mind, it’s going to knock some people’s socks off.