Guest series 2012: I asked fellow bloggers, makers and creators to write on their creativity and focus their essay on one of four topics: creativity and health, creativity and business, creativity and parenting or creativity and process. I am very excited to have a wonderful lot of fellow creative folk guest posting here at whipup.net over the next couple of months. Please welcome…
Kate Lilly is a full time mum but crafting and blogging gives her brain a little workout which is good for everyone… Her blog is Mini Eco.
My creative process
I can’t say I really have a process… I’m very much a haphazard kind of person. I have never successfully kept a journal or sketchbook (I always lose them). My studio is the spare bedroom (and its a very messy, un-photo worthy room). I carry my ideas in my head (and on scraps of paper) and every now and again something will happen which jogs a memory… and then away we go with the next project!
That’s is one reason why I like my blog so much… because it’s an ordered and tidy environment… the complete antithesis of the environment from which it came!
I do love Pinterest. It’s so great to be able to gather up all your influences/eye candy in one place. (I actually wrote a glowing email to the founders of pinterest about a year ago because I was so chuffed with it and found it such a useful tool).
Parenting and creativity
In my early twenties I did a Fine Art degree and after that worked as a scenic painter for a couple of years. I became so poor (!) that I finally bit the bullet and learnt to use a computer with the intention of becoming a web designer. As soon as that happened I pretty much stopped creating/making for a good ten years or so.
When I had my kids it gave me an opportunity to start making things again (in a craft sense) and I just really enjoyed it. I started off by knitting (a really terrible jumper) for my eldest son. I also made lots of things for them to play with. It gave us all a lot of joy. My whole blog is inspired by them.
I think kids are just inherently creative and their positive vibes just seem to rub off.
My kids also make me feel truly happy… which I think comes through in my blog. It’s a fun, happy, crafty place to be. (The work I made as a student was no where near as joy-full).
Creativity and business
I haven’t really turned my hobby/passion into a business but am in the process of doing so! I am pretty much a full time mum at the moment so my biggest problem is lack of time. (In all I get about 8 free hours a week when my littlest son is at pre-school and that is when I get most of my work done).
I spent much of my spare time in 2011 writing a book which was a great (but somewhat fraught) experience. My publishers have been brilliant so I was very lucky… it felt like a step into the unknown at the time and they guided me through it very well. I also earn additional income from advertising (on my blog), writing a monthly magazine article and collating a monthly ideabook for houzz.
My youngest son starts school in September so *hopefully*, I will then have the time to be able to turn my fledgling business into something more solid. Getting paid to do the work I love
Ups: being your own boss, being able to fit work in around the kids rather than fitting the kids in around the work.
Downs: Sometimes working from home can be a bit lonely! Not having enough hours in the day. Not having a regular wage. Being unsure of what the future holds!
Creativity and life
I feel much more fulfilled as a person when I am able to be creative. I think trying to eek a living through creativity/craft adds it’s own stresses and strains though. I am continually aware that there is a good possibility that I will have to return to a job that I find far less fulfilling (due to financial reasons). It does cast a shadow!
Whatever happens though I will always carry on with my blog. I love my tiny (happy) corner of the web… and all the kind folk who drop by ^_^