2020 is a slow fast year and I am so lucky to be part of some amazing online creative communities that help me navigate through all the ins and outs, ups and downs, highs and lows of the current age.
I believe that everyone is creative in their own unique, imperfect way.
Art isn’t only about drawing.
Poetry isn’t only about words.
Creativity isn’t only about making.
Art, poetry, beauty and creativity are all around us,
they are in the way we see and do things.
Each one of us has a spark within that keeps us alight
from the inside out.
Maybe you have many fires burning within or only one,
what matters is that something fuels you.
Creativity lies in that which gives us purpose, in what inspires us; whether you find it in the kitchen, the garden, at work, in the shed or studio, the where is not important.
The magic happens in how you nurture that spark,
how you tend your fires,
your creative energy.
It is there.
It is yours,
to keep private or share.
Embracing it is incredibly liberating.
Sharing and developing your creativity with likeminded souls is extremely rewarding. I am sending out much appreciation and gratitude to these inspiring groups that help keep my creative essence flowing!
At https://www.handmadebookclub.com/with Ali Manning from Vintage Page Designs, I continue to improve my skills, learn new bindings and share with book arts crazy creatives around the globe!
Dyed and gone to heaven paper dyeing and other wonderful bookbinding courses with Liz Constable
Easy bake Artisan Papers, course with Roben Marie https://robenmariestudio.com/
With all the writing, journaling and reading I do, I often discover links via social media feeds and sign up to interesting blogs and have found some fantastic poetry courses.
I have been a member of the Mystical Pōm Poetry group with Emily Motzkus https://www.emilymotzkus.com/for a few months now and am so happy to have found such a guide, such a group of amazing, kind women to learn and discover poetry, (among other things), with.
Emily has created a mystical poetry wonderland, of which she is the most perfect imperfect guide, full of vulnerability, excitability and enthusiastic encouragement. Her love for all things poetic is contagious and inspiring. This caring creative community has enabled me to see poetry everywhere and empowered me to embrace the witchy poetess within me.
I had great journaling sessions with:
Susan Eckert MA of https://www.thetransformationspace.com/
And https://michellegd.com/ and blogging advice with Pip Lincolne from http://meetmeatmikes.com/
My own online creative writing workshop is open to all. I post prompts Monday's on FB and my blog.
I have dabbled in more online poetry courses with:
Everyday is a poem
Free short courses with https://www.futurelearn.com/
How to make a poem
A-levels study boost: Unseen poetry and the creative process
How to read a poem
And not forgetting all the creatives on Instagram like the #areyoubookenough community, sharing incredible creative challenges.
I am constantly in awe!
For me, it seems there is not much difference between wondering and wandering. It has always helped me find inspiration. Creative dabbling is good for the soul, I couldn't imagine life without it and often surprise myself by what I come up with.