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