Living the Creative Life: Ideas and Inspirations from Working Artists

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North Light Books, Aug 15, 2007 - Crafts & Hobbies - 144 pages
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How DO they do it? If you could ask your favorite artist or crafter only one question, chances are you'd ask about creativity: Where do your ideas come from? How did you get started? What are your tricks for overcoming blocks? In Living the Creative Life, author Ric Freeman-Zachery has compiled answers to these questions and more from 15 successful artists in a variety of mediums—from assemblage to fiber arts, beading to mixed-media collage. Creativity is different for everyone, and these artists share their insights on the muse (if you believe in her), keeping a sketchbook (or not), and prioritizing your art, whether you aspire to create solely for your own pleasure or to become a full-time artist. • Try your hand at creative jumpstarts straight from the pros. • Glimpse the artists' innermost thoughts and works in progress as you peruse pages from their journals and notebooks. • Share textile artist Sas Colby's triumph over creative block during an exotic art retreat. • Learn how internationally acclaimed artist James Michael Starr uses experience from his former "day job" to fuel his creation today. • Explore the work of Michael deMeng, Claudine Hellmuth, Melissa Zink and the other artists right alongside their insights. No crafter or artist should live the creative life without Living the Creative Life! The inspiration is contagious.
 

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Contents

Introduction
6
Meet the Artists
8
What Is Creativity Anyway?
14
The Creative Childhood
29
Opening Your Eyes to Inspiration
41
Inviting the Muse to Dinner Even if You Dont Believe in Her
57
Journals Sketchbooks Notebooks Ratty Little Scraps of Paper
68
Getting Startedfrom Idea to Work
81
Work Spaces and Work Habits
93
Companionship Collaboration Commissions and Critics
104
The Finished Work and Its Place in the World
116
Living an Artful Life
132
Index
142
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About the author (2007)

Rice Freeman-Zachery is an artist and writer whose clothes, dolls and jewelry have been featured in shops and galleries in New Orleans, Taos, Albuquerque, Tacoma and Seattle, and whose art has been featured in Lynne Perrella's Artists' Journals & Sketchbooks and Terry Taylor's Altered Art. She writes artist profiles for Art Doll Quarterly, Belle Armoire, Legacy, Somerset Life and Somerset Studio, and her two books, Stamp Artistry (Quarry, Nov. '03) and New Techniques for Wearable Art (Quarry, Sept. '04), feature her own art and that of other mixed-media artists.

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