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One of my biggest goals last year was to increase my regular creative output. I knew that I was capable of getting more done and I went on a mission to figure out how. Along the way I discovered that my organizational system played a huge role in keeping me on track. Finding something that works has made a world of difference in my mood, my levels of anxiety, and how much I can get done each week.

I don't know about you, but I tend to obsess about this stuff, stressing over every detail until a system works smoothly. I'm learning to let go of perfection and trust the process and am being rewarded with new ideas and increased productivity. Some of you might find this post incredibly boring, but if you're like me and you like peering into other people's routines and systems, then I think you'll love it.

I'm still refining it, but here are some of the methods I use to get and keep the creativity ball rolling: (more…)

blog hopI have been asked by artist and fellow blogger Tara Leaver to take part in this artist blog hop and share a bit about my creative process. First of all, I couldn't be happier, since I would really like to connect with more artists online and this is a great first step toward that goal. Second of all, the whole point of this blog is to share my experiences with creativity so the topic is perfect. I'm hoping that this exploration will give you a better idea of how and why I do what I do.

Considering how much I write about creativity these questions were surprisingly hard to answer! I'll give it my best shot though.

How does my creative process work?

For the most part my ideas seem to come from my environment, and particularly from travel. I can trace back many of my current and past artistic projects to things I saw in museums, nature, or on the walls of a coffee shop. I'm really inspired by natural history and the ways that art and science intersect. Most of my work tends to use maps in some way, and often is made to look weathered and old.

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I've had lots of questions about how I make my heart sculptures. I wrote a post on where I got the idea and how I shape the hearts here. Today I'm going to share my process for decorating the hearts - taking them from a blank 3D framework to a finished piece of art. The look I'm going for is that of a strange, rough artefact. At each stage I need to be careful not to get too precious. With this project, messy is best!

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1. First I cover the newspaper with white paint to create a blank surface to work on.

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2. Next I tear up pieces of maps, music notes, and different colours of tissue paper. On some hearts I used varying shades of one colour (light blue, medium blue, dark blue) but on this one I just had one shade of red so I mixed it with this beige colour. I also ripped up some patterns I made in an art class years ago - I'm a big fan of recycling!

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paper mache heartWith one of my biggest shows of the year coming up in two days (it's the spring Royal Bison for all those of you local to Edmonton - check it out!) I thought I would share the process behind my new heart sculptures.

I was first inspired to make these hearts when I visited the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia. This was actually one of the most interesting places my brother and I went on our two month road trip around the States and I highly recommend it. The focus of the museum is on the history of medicine and "medical oddities". Along with plenty of information, the small building is crammed with human body parts in jars and models of body parts. Definitely not for the faint of heart, you could spend hours looking at all the beautiful and grotesque items on display. And we did. My favourites were the intricate models that had been made to teach about different organs like the heart or the lungs. Not having 3-D printers, these were painstakingly made with super fine layers of paper mache and painted by hand. They were breath-taking. Something in me clicked that day and I left with a desire to turn the shapes from the human body into artwork. (more…)