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Creativity In Focus – Jason O’Dwyer, Musical Remixer

This week in my Creativity in Focus blog, I interviewed Jason O’Dwyer, whom I met while working for a charity in London a few years ago.  Jason and I shared a mutual love of creating – although in very different forms.  As a hobby he remixes pop and electronic music to create interesting and unusual pieces of his own.  Here he tells me about the satisfaction he gets from creating, how he finds music a great way to escape from life for a few hours, and what it feels like to share his music with others.

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Making Space At Home For Painting

One of the reasons we don’t make art at home more often is because we don’t feel we have the physical space for it.  It is so easy to think that we can only make art if we have our own studio or room dedicated to it.  Also, we can think that it will be too messy and we don’t want to clear away afterwards, because, lets face it, clearing up afterwards is the boring bit!  But these barriers can stand in the way of actually doing that creative thing you really want to spend your time doing, and it is easier to make space for creating than you might think.

Here are a couple of ideas for making space for creating at home…..

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Creativity In Focus – Trudi Murray, Artist, Illustrator and Writer

Welcome to the second installment of my new creative blog series – Creativity in Focus. My aim with this series is to help inspire you to get creative – to pick up those art materials (or camera or musical instrument) and start using them again, or to book on that class you have been meaning to for ages!

This week I have interviewed Trudi Murray, an artist, illustrator and writer based in London, who I actually met on Twitter a few months ago.

Trudi is a full time artist, and draws and paints really gorgeous, colourful, joyful artwork (at least I think so). Here she tells us about the importance of creating as a form of self expression, which art materials she loves to use, and how she would rather paint (or do anything else for that matter) rather than dust! Continue reading Creativity In Focus – Trudi Murray, Artist, Illustrator and Writer

Creativity In Focus – Dorothy Tomalin, Textile Artist

Welcome to my new creative blog series – Creativity in Focus. My aim with this series is to help inspire you to get creative – to pick up those art materials (or camera or musical instrument) and start using them again, or to book on that class you have been meaning to for ages!

This week I have interviewed Dorothy Tomalin, whose work I was introduced to by my colleague at my part-time administration job, while having a chat across the desk one morning (I think we were talking about marketing and social media at the time).

Dot makes gorgeous, colourful textile appliqué and embroidery work (I particularly love her birds), and here talks about how she got into doing it, what creativity gives her, how she makes space for creating and her advice to anyone wanting to have a go at a new creative activity…..

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Finger Painting Fun

I was lucky enough to be invited to have a stall at the local Headington Festival in Oxford this year, which is in Bury Knowle park, and for this decided to create a big piece of art which everyone could contribute to.  Partly due to the logistics of not being able to wash up brushes, and partly because it’s just plain fun – I designed a finger painting activity.  And it turned out to be a big hit – for people of all ages!

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Simple Ideas For Making Art At Home – Potato Printing

When we think about potato printing we all tend to think about doing this at school, but it doesn’t just have to be for kids – it is actually a really fun and relaxing way of making some really great, bold prints, and is cheap and easy to do at home too.

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Remembering How To Play

Do you remember the last time you played?  And I don’t mean playing games with your children, nephews or nieces!

As children we play all the time, but as grown ups this is something we seem to have forgotten how to do, and won’t give ourselves permission to do, which is a real shame.

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