I’m on the cusp of change this year, seeing new opportunities emerge as I begin to shift my energy to more creative work.
Having taken up ceramics in a big way this year, I’ve been thinking about women who embark on creative projects or careers later in life. I’m not starting with a blank slate. I’ve worked full-time, studied and raised two kids to almost-adulthood. Creativity has always crept through the cracks. Looking back, it turns out I’ve done quite a lot without ever calling myself an artist. I’m guessing this is a common story.
Here’s a random list of some creative things I’ve done over the years. Increasingly, I want to do more than squeeze this in around the edges of my life.
1. Sewed my own clothes
2. Made a giant fairy lantern for a parade
3. Designed theatre posters
4. Restored and painted furniture
5. Collected industrial offcuts and set up ‘Art World’ in my kitchen as an informal school holiday program
6. Made cushions out of Chinese brocade
9. Wrote four non-fiction books for kids
13. Made playdough masterpieces.
14. Took classes on documentary drawing, silversmithing, graphic design…
15. Photographed and blogged about my travels
18. Painted Easter eggs
19. Made a train-shaped birthday cake
20. Dressed up as David Bowie, Ozma of Oz, Annie Lennox, Helen of Troy…
21. Drew a poster for a lost toy
22. Sang in concert halls, streets, festivals, bars…
23. Designed and built websites
25. Hand-stitched a quilt for my daughter.