Kindling the Creativity Within

Inspired by the book Nurture Your Creative Spirit by Vikki Pignatelli


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Curiosity In Art

“Innovative people are curious. They experiment. They discover. They dare to be different and are not afraid to make mistakes”. Excerpt from “Nurture a our Creative Spirit”.

I love to play and experiment and often get lost in the creative process. Several years ago I purchased a felting machine on a whim. Not content to felt only wool, which is standard, I decided to experiment with all types of fabric and fibers just to see what would happen. I had a great time playing and discovered how to make fun collages through felting. My experiments resulted in creating my quilt, Against All Odds. The tree and leaves are a felted collage of materials including cotton, wool, wool roving, silk, silk roving, and cheesecloth, among others.

The photo below contains some of my felted collages including clockwise from top left: A center for a flower; a collage demo from a class; a sample of felted tree bark from Against All Odds; and a collage I intend to use on a handmade notecard.

Are you fearless when you are create? Has any of your experiments led to exciting effects in your artwork/quilts?

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When Things Go Wrong….

Thought for today:  There will be setbacks and times when your artistic work will not go as planned. Setbacks are a necessary ingredient for creativity. Realize that even if something goes wrong, it can be a proverbial silver lining and a tremendous opportunity for growth. Having a setback is an essential requirement for learning or we would not be forced to exercise our imaginations and seek creative solutions for problems.

Of ALL my work, “Needles and Pins” is my least favorite quilt. I’ve never shown it to anyone before, thus the horrible image…it’s my one and only photo. However, working on this piece did teach me many lessons. The crisscrossing threads and yarns spanning the openings sagged terribly and I was very upset with the setback. Through persistence and experimenting, I was able to come up with a solution that works well for my later quilts with openings.… securing the threads onto a stabilizer “frame” before inserting the frame into the opening of the quilt.

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There’s Always More Fabric…..

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Stretch, bend, break and shatter any rules that shackle your artistry and try new
things. Courage is taking creative risks. In our world when you take a risk, ask yourself,
“What are the best and worst outcomes?” You weigh the odds and then make a
decision. In the creative world of quilting, the worst outcome I’ve experienced is that
the idea I thought would work didn’t pan out and I had to buy more fabric. This wasn’t
a problem for me, and probably won’t be for any other fabric-addicted quilter either.

Excerpt from Vikki’s Nuture Your Creative Spirit