Hello there :)
As I’m participating in a blog hop, I’ve been asked by some dear blogger friends to answer some questions about my work and here they are:
1) How does your creative process work?
Wherever I go I carry a notebook with me so that I can write down and sketch anything that catches my eye. I’m particularly inspired by nature and I love to create paintings, model with clay and design in bold colours that I put my heart into. Sometimes I will sketch something and it will be a long time until that drawing makes an appearance in one of my designs. I never throw anything away that I’ve drawn, even if I don’t need it at that time, so that I always have material to call on when required. Every day I write, every day I draw and plan. I work best on my own, without distractions, and enjoy tranquil sounds of nature as I do so. Often I’ll work on a piece for seven hours straight without eating (by mistake) as I get so absorbed in my work as I go with the flow.
2) Why do you do what you do?
Good question! I do what I do because it comes naturally to me to enthusiastically express myself through my creativity and, like all creative people, I am at my most happiest when my creativity has an outlet. Sadly I had to leave my “day job” because of my health, but I have thrown myself into creating because I make conscious efforts to concentrate on what I CAN do, rather than what I cant do. To me it’s important to find ways of keeping busy and creative to distract myself from the chronic pain I live with and to be able to bring a joyful burst of colour to other’s lives too while focusing on the good, pleasant and perfect natural beauty around us that deserves to be highlighted.
Quite simply I am at my most happiest when creating, and I love to make things that remind my customers of joyful seasons and events, for example, such as bringing summer into their home all year round in the form of art like my Summer Fruit design. It’s especially rewarding for me when someone loves my work so much that they wallpaper their homes and sew clothes or home accessories with my designs. Basically, I do what I do because I love it, and it is the silver lining to my cloud (pain)
In a nut shell, I do what I can with what I have. Making people’s lives brighter, more colourful and producing new designs available that are unique to me, and not made abroad in textile mills by workers who are maligned and miss treated. Neither are my designs mass produced like the chain store fabrics are. It makes me happy to provide a choice, to brighten this corner of the world with a splash of vivid colour and bold vibrant design while at the same time supporting this country’s economy instead of contributing to suffering in a foreign textile mill. I take pleasure in the fact that my designs are not available on the high street and that my designs appeal to people who love the same things as I do.
3) How does your work differ from others in it’s genre?
Because all of my work is hand drawn or painted and others make art the same way, the way I feel different to others is that my designs are my own and straight from my heart. Additionally, I tend to illustrate objects and creatures that I’m fond of. It would be against my nature to produce something I disliked visually and as each of us has different taste, that’s how my work is individual. Each one of us is unique and expresses themselves differently even within their given genre. I know that I am familiar with the individual styles of other artists and designers and know that those who are familiar with my work recognise my style and recurring themes in my designs and illustrations.
4) What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I am working on some new Christmas designs for fabric because it’s “that time of year”, working on some new illustrations, enjoying the summer holidays with my sons, sketching, sewing and modelling. As it’s summer holidays my work has been scaled back a bit, but I’ll be firing on all cylinders when the children go back to school and I can concentrate on beginning some new work. In September I will be stocking my Etsy shop with some handmade items as it currently standing nearly empty due to the summer break: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MagentaRoseUK
Today I am especially excited that I have an increasing range of fabrics for sale in which are printed in England at http://www.printmepretty.co.uk to complement my range of fabrics and wallpapers at http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/magentarose
Here are my links to some of my talented friends blogs who have provided inspiration and encouragement to me and are taking part in the blog hop . Perhaps soon more may be added to the list! :)
Thanks for reading my blog! :) Have a great weekend!