While the moving in process goes on, I started thinking a lot about why I do what I do, why am I a creative, a maker, an artist.............
So I thought I would let you know the story.
I could do the whole 'I loved drawings horses as a kid' story, but thats blah. Yes I was an arty crafty kid, and I wanted to be either a teacher or a printer like my dad. He worked as a linotype operator for The Age and Herald Sun, and on occasions I visited and sat next to this huge, clunky, smelly machine as he made the plates, and I loved it!! After secondary school I tried several job applications to screen printers and for lots of reasons it never happened. So I ended up in a boring office working for the government- but I learnt lots, their in house training was awesome- but by my early 20's I'd had enough and resigned to become a personal trainer :)
Radical shift there I know (long story)....... but the hours were unpredictable- and I needed to earn more.
I had learnt a lot about health and nutrition along the way (and had studied part time at to get my qualifications) and decided to develop a home based vegetarian cooking school based on eating whole foods. I created a range of recipes to suit people with allergies to wheat and dairy, recipes that suited the seasons and a range of meals, snacks, breads and drinks for the courses. That was a fun 8 years!!! I cooked in health food shops, wrote a column in the local paper, was invited to speak at groups, developed over 10 different courses with recipes for each and had my own 2 kids under school age.
This is the interesting part about the 'why' - we are all on our own journey, and we all evolve in our lives as the journey unfolds. It is amazing to see how one situation links to the next, and opens doors to the next phase.
I went to a painting exhibition and fell in love with the style- traditional european decorative craft paintings. That was it, I enrolled in every class, workshop, conference I could get into and bought a pile of books to help me learn. Until then I had done lots of crafts in textiles- knitting, embroidery, weaving and quilting, so painting was an exciting new hobby. I had 2 more children by then and was heavily involved in volunteer time at the school. With many enquiries coming in about my painting projects I decided it was time for a new business, so combined painting with my facilitation skills and started teaching in a new subject area. That was in the early 90's and the business continued until 2008. I taught adults, children, people with autism at my home studio, schools, Tafes and tourism areas. At its peak I was facilitating 10 classes a week, with an art supply shop and small gallery. During those years I learnt so much, met so many wonderful people and really loved what I did. But for health reasons it all had to fold and my mind went crazy tied to home, and the next phase unfolded.......
I wanted to learn a new skill that would satisfy my itchy fingers and my active mind. Clay had always fascinated me and I envied those who could make objects from a lump of clay, particularly with a wheel. So I bought a book, a bag of clay and started to play, and again I was hooked on a subject that I wanted to learn as much as I could about. I thought a few subjects at Tafe would suffice, but no so I enrolled at university and devoted 4.5 years to researching and developing as many skills as I could. Like many things, the more I learnt, the more I realised how little I knew.
It is a topic that many have devoted their lives to and are considered 'master' potters, but all I am sure, would admit there is way more to learn. The topic is endless, and that suits my creative mind really well, it allows my curiosity to be forever awake and yearning to explore more.
The arts are a sector that have a ripple affect on many, many people. For the maker it satisfies curiosity, and a playful and inquisitive mind, but the 'object' made can be functional and used and loved by others. This flow on affect applies to the performing, musical, dramatic, writing and visual arts.
Personally I believe we all have a creative part of our make up that is either nurtured or ignored. The inventive side of our nature is often not recognised as being the same as the creativity that an arts person explores more deeply- however many trades such as nurserymen, chefs, cake decoraters' etc all utilise the imaginative side of their minds. I believe my path just naturally converged into being the maker that I am, and I am eternally grateful for the joy it has bought me in so many ways.
I am a certified creative addict- having played with arty methods constantly since childhood. Now I work mostly in clay, painting and textiles - always designing and making new objects.