Creative Play in 2023 with Rachelle Handmade

“The comfort zone is the great enemy to creativity.” -Dan Stevens

If you’re anything like me, you enjoy being comfortable. Give me a cozy blanket, fuzzy socks, and a hot beverage and I’m in heaven.

Unfortunately, for artists, the comfort zone is a place of creative stagnation.

Last year, I made roughly 25 production/editorial quilts. While I enjoyed making these pieces, I wasn’t especially creative during the process. I stayed well within my comfort zone.

Last year, I made about ten (10) smaller quilts/pieces for fun. I really enjoyed making these pieces. Gifts for friends and family, challenge mini quilts, a couple of pieces to help me mourn. While making these pieces, I experimented with new techniques, broke out of my comfort zone, and focused more on the process rather than the final product. In short…I HAD FUN!!!  

This year, I have challenged myself with embracing more creative play. Allowing myself room to experiment and grow, permission to fail, room to be curious!

To accomplish this, I have scheduled six (6) projects throughout the year, each with a set prompt/theme. 

Challenge Schedule:

A couple of notes:

* The theme/prompt for each challenge is provided in noun/verb format for flexibility. 

* Size and limitation guidelines will be provided at the beginning of the month prior to the deadline.

Feel free to play along throughout the year using #RHCreativePlay2023. I will be posting updates here on my blog and via my newsletter (sign up below).

In order to prevent overwhelm, each challenge will be assigned size requirements and have limitations set on the design (number of colors, shapes, medium, etc.). If a size or other limitation is not provided, anything is fair game!

Challenge #1 Details:
Creative Play Prompts in 2023 with Rachelle Handmade

Please post using the hashtag #RHCreativePlay2023 or email me a photo and your piece may be featured in a future newsletter!

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