My little nephew Ben was walking home from school and found this little broken piece of tile. He said to his mom, “it looks like underwear.”
I love that Ben sees the world in such a creative way. I love that he looks for and finds junky things that he views as treasures. I love his way of exploring the world, and when I’m with him, there is always an opportunity to flex my creative muscle.
I’m still on my creative quest as part of my Year Ahead/Year in Review work. Last year was ‘Art Every Day Every Way‘ and this year and began 2012 with a commitment to explore and then focus on a new medium or art form every month.
This past month, my focus was on fabric. On my March travels I discovered a new junk store, called The Legacy, that sells lots of great junk including scraps of fabric and a whole wall of elaborate trims. I also found a video on Youtube demonstrating needle felting. I also bought fabric to re- upholster my dining room chairs. My sister-in-law, who makes beautiful quilts, built an entire studio where she will be teaching quilting classes – she always inspires me with her energy and creativity. We must be on the same creative wavelength, she sent me a picture of cool needle felted handbags – without knowing that was exactly the project I was working on.
I love having a focus for my creative projects each month. It doesn’t mean I don’t do other art projects, like my favorite art form of collage, but having a focus keeps me flexible. I make an effort to discover something new and possibly fall in love with it.
What have you fallen in love with lately?
First off – I love this logo. I pretend it stands for ‘Pat’, but it really is the logo for Pinterest, a new and super rapidly growing social network tool. To read a comprehensive description, here’s how it works -
But for the quick version: Pinterest allows users to visually share and discover new interests by posting (‘pinning’) images to their or others boards, or collection of themed pins. What makes this different from Twitter or Facebook is that it is focused on a person’s lifestyle, what are about and their interests. (hence Pinterest) In this way, you can share your tastes and interests to discover others with the same. Pinterest’s goal is to “connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting.” Now that is some lofty goal.
The thing is – it’s fun (although I keep reading how addicting it is) and if you are a business, it is a great marketing tool. I know, I know – it’s one more thing to think about – but it is worth your while to check it out.
Here are some things you can do on Pinterest -
Get ideas. Organize images. Build a brand. Engage with like minded people. Display your art. Get inspired. Show case your portfolio. Promote places. Bookmark favorite sites. Share on Facebook. Tell a story. Educate. Have fun.
To get an idea how it looks, check out the Pinterest pages for:
Scholastic, Nordstroms, Whole Foods and Real Simple.
I’ve been working on one for Mark’s biz, Spiritus Financial, and here’s mine!