Creativity is a kind of self-care for me. While others might find meditation, exercise, bread baking or cleaning closets helpful, I find it therapeutic to be productive and stretch my creative abilities.
It's hard for me to really consider myself an artist (fun fact: I almost failed a studio drawing class in college where my nudes barely resembled humans) because I can't produce traditional drawings. Instead, I love mixed media, collages and ceramics. These mediums allow me flexibility. There is really no such thing as perfect. And, for those that know me, I am far from that. Instead, my work, just like me, is imperfect. You could almost say my style
is a little warp, wobble or whatever - but, it is, undoubtedly hand-made!
I've been thinking a lot about the Maya Angelou quote "Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better."
Obviously, this quote inspires me to think about my relationships with others, my continuing education, my voice for social justice, our shared responsibility to "do better."
But it also connects to my creative instincts and the need to build a skill set I can be proud of. Maybe a little less wobbly, a little more intentional, a little less imperfect.
An intriguing goal in and out of the studio.