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Welcome to the ExpeditionD studio for a busy Saturday of creativity! As some of you who read my blog, I attended Artfest 2009 about a month ago now, it was a lot of learning and fun! I thought I’d share some thoughts about the conference and the influence on some of my own creativity since I’ve been back in the studio. And for more in-depth information about my Artfest experience I created a special blog, you can see lots of photographs and more information about the events!
When you arrive at Artfest there is a lot of trading that goes on the first few days, you get packages with beads and paper ephemera in it. I had created the ‘ART’ medal medallion piece before I left, but I wanted to finish it off with things that people gave to me at the event, to make it a collaboration of unusual items.
I noticed that some of the items combined with each other, and started to tell a story of their own. The cupid charm, the red heart medallion and the conch shell, all came to me from different directions, but they started to tell a story about art. In some cultures the conch shell stands in for currency, for money and barter exchanges. The cupid has a meaning of love, based on the ancient image of the roman god, the son of Venus, with his quiver full of arrows of love.
Being among so many creative people who work in different media, in an atmosphere of enthusiastic support, leads to an overflow of new ideas and sharing. I am betting that the Bead Cruise that Heather Powers organizes has this same energy, it’s very different from being alone in your studio, creating!
If you get a chance to attend a conference or collaboration, or host a play date at your studio with a few friends, I think you’ll agree that it opens up your possibilities for creativity and can open new directions for exploration!
So here’s my question for today’s Studio Saturday, I’d love to hear your thoughts about how to share a creative experience with friends or family, or an event you’ve wanted to attend:
Have you attended a creative conference to learn (or teach) a new technique or method of creativity, and how did it affect your work afterward? If you haven’t done it yet, have you considered being the one who creates the opening, by inviting others to participate in shared creativity? What ideas and plans could you come up with to make fun collaborative creating an event you can share?
Leave a comment on this post and share your ideas or experiences to win one of my heart charms for your next project. Especially the results, love hearing how you changed and the fun you’ve had or plan to have soon!