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It’s all been done before

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. ~ Steve Jobs There’s nothing new under the sun, after all. So why do we feel like one […]

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Creation Dreaming

Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way. ~ Edward de Bono In last week’s email, I mused about collecting art supplies. This is a continuation of that train of thought. Sometimes, the potential of materials – the dream of what could be – holds as […]

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Curation as art

A collection makes a statement about the collector’s taste, the world they want to create around themselves. ~ Maira Kalman I recently ran across a quote saying, “I have come to the conclusion that buying craft supplies and actually using them are two separate hobbies.” How true! Curating a collection takes more work than one […]

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Creative doesn’t equal artsy

The only unique contribution that we will ever make in this world will be born of our creativity. ~ Brene Brown So often people think that creative = artsy. But that’s a woefully incomplete understanding of creativity. Everyone is creative. Tim the plumber is. He might not be a poet, but he comes up with […]

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Working with feedback

If you feel resistance before you begin, it’s usually procrastination and you need to get started. If you feel resistance after you begin, it’s usually feedback and you need to make adjustments. ~ James Clear I recently read an article about why scientists still use chalk on blackboards. I love that it talks about the […]

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We’re all creatives here

To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it. ~ Osho There’s no telling how […]

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In the clouds

When you read children’s books, you are given the space to read again as a child: to find your way back, back to the time when new discoveries came daily and when the world was colossal, before your imagination was trimmed and neatened, as if it were an optional extra. Remember those days? When the […]

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Retail is dead

Art is personal, and so is the process of choosing the tools to create it. The best choices are made with the heart and the hands, not just the eyes. So come visit us at the store! 😀 I always laugh when I read marketing things saying some version of “Retail is Dead”. (Apparently they’ve […]

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We are makers

Before children speak,they sing.Before they write,they paint.As soon as they stand,they dance.ART is the basis of human expression. ~ Phylicia Rashad I’ve been reading through a stack of parenting/child development books (you know, as one does.) One of the things that stands out to me is that a lot of the best practices for raising a […]

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Body of work

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. ~ Robert Collier I was recently listening to a podcast about the art and history of notetaking. Something in the conversation made me think about bodies of work. Sometimes I think we forget that it takes a long time for a body […]