There's definitely a distinct seasonal shift as we welcome in October. This morning was one of those crisp Autumn starts where the sun was low and bright, and yet felt warm on my skin, whilst I was wrapped up in winter layers.
I have to chuckle about how excited we all become with little autumnal treasures gathered on recent walks: the shiny conkers, jewel-like berries, mushrooms and of course there's always a lot of leaf play both outside and styled over on Instagram. It always makes me smile to see a new take on creativity, on how people arrange their makes, or how an image has been put together. In the month ahead #wipsandblooms will be focusing on creativity, but more on that later....
The prize for this April's #wipsandblooms had been provided by The We Make Collective.com.
Making is a funny old business. It's amazing how something so rewarding can equally be so frustrating and agonising. The lengths we go to, to make something just right can be a painful process, but inevitably whatever you make you have to push yourself beyond your boundary to produce something innovative or original that gives your work an identity.
And although my work currently has a distinctive style, I'm always trying to experiment (sometimes behind the scenes) about what my next body of work might look like.
Kate from @aplayfulday is encouraging people to blog about what making means to them and to use the tag #themakersyear, as part of a creativity and sustainable living challenge with a seasonal focus, so that makers can find each other, and as a community we can share our issues, niggles and experiences.
I strongly believe that as single makers out there we are like little fish in a huge pond, but as soon as we begin to connect with each other, through collaboration, praise or feedback then we grow in confidence and stature to become much bigger fish. And our making or promotion of it (which to me is of equal importance) takes on a new stature. Afterall, what's the point of creating something amazing if no-one else knows about it? Unless of course you don't want to sell it, and are just making for yourself, which is a privileged position to be in.