Your Creative DNA

Have you ever thought about your creative DNA?  That artistic part of you that is hardwired into your being.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself so you can better understand your creative DNA:

What materials and tools are you drawn to over and over again?
How do you best express your creativity? (e.g. on paper, in clay, with paint, etc.)
Where are you on the journey of to find your unique creativeness?
Have you found your ideal outlet, or are you still searching for your perfect material technique?
Do you have a signature look, color, or style?
Do you enjoy the process or the end results best?

According to Twyla Tharp the author of The Creative Habit - "If you understand the strands of your creative DNA, you begin to see how they mutate into common threads in your work.  You begin to see the story that you're trying to tell;  why you do the things you do (both positive and self-destructive);  where you are strong and where you are weak (which prevents a lot of false starts); and how you see the world and function in it"

I know that my creative DNA is to work with metal.  I love the tools, the process of taking a simple shape and turning it into something unexpected, and the end results.  It took me several years to find the creative place within myself, but I know I was meant to be a metal artist.

Have you figured out your creative DNA or are you still searching?

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  1. Great questions and blog post! My DNA...I've always been drawn to paper crafts, from the time I could hold a pair of scissors!

    In Jr High I started in with fabrics too and am looking forward to making some quilts and other fabric crafts soon.

    Overall I think I am attracted to color and patterns that work together. For example: a quilt with several different patterned fabrics.

  2. Bargain Babe thanks for sharing! I look forward to check out some of your quilts.

  3. What a thought-provoking post! I enjoy taking found items and creating sculptures with them, and I'm discovering real joy in working with paper. But whether I'm working with those found items, paper, wire, fabric, or fiber, there's a common thread: I LOVE creating quirky, odd, and funny pieces, and nothing pleases me more than to have someone laugh at my art!

    (I don't think I'd ever put that together before. Thanks for asking the question!)

  4. Fiber and beads call to me like nothing else ever did. They are so exciting to me!


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