Sunday, January 21, 2018

A Little Forced Introspection

One of my favorite people on the planet is Kim Soper. Kim is a quilt maker and blogger and, over the past few years, has become a dear friend. It was a thrill to be by her side at QuiltCon last year as she won awards for her Lincoln quilt.

Earlier this month, Kim launched a series called the Creativity Project. In it, she interviews makers about why they do what they do. I was honored to take part in this feature recently.

I reaped the benefits of participating as soon as I gave Kim my answers to her questions. A little forced introspection proved to be a worthwhile, orienting activity and was particularly appropriate now, at the start of a new year. Her inquiries into my creative history and process helped me shape priorities on the horizon. Sharing that information with the crafty world at large—really baring my soul in certain regards (eep!)—encourages readers to hold me accountable to do what I say I am going to do.

Two interviews posted before mine, from Melanie Tuazon (Mel in the Attic) and Jessica Skultety (Quilty Habit). Fearing their responses would affect my own, I didn’t read their interviews until mine went live. I thought I’d give both their interviews a cursory read—after all, I had searched my own crafty soul to answer the same set of questions—and was surprised how different their answers were and how their responses further informed my understanding of my own creativity.

To learn more about the Creativity Project, go to Leland Ave Studios. If you’re willing to endure a little introspection yourself (I promise it will be worth your while!), take part in Kim’s anonymous survey about creativity here.

To read what Melanie, Jessica, and I had to say about our own creative endeavors, read the interviews:
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  1. I love the series that Kim is putting together and appreciate the similarities and differences that are appearing already. Thank you for being a brave participant!

  2. I really enjoyed learning more about you and your quilting through the interview. Can't wait to see what progresses with your 'yet to be made' project!

  3. Congratulations Michelle on doing this!! I love the hidden prayers! Perfect!!

  4. Your kind heart and thoughtful mannerisms shine through in your interview. Thank you for being a part of the project, and even more, for being my friend.

  5. Let's try the survey. That could be fun. :)

  6. Can't wait to read your interview. I think I would have been like you. I don't think I would have had the will power to not read what the others before you said. But then again, I was the kid who couldn't resist a package at Christmas either. I think this is going to be a really interesting series. Glad you are a part of it.


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