Have you noticed a theme in my blog posts recently? Connection. Well, here’s another connection to add to the list. I met Kim Soper who blogs at Leland Ave Studios through the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop (the link takes you to Kim’s introduction post for the blog hop).
Kim created the stunning Lincoln quilt, which won first place in the improvisation category at 2017 QuiltCon AND the Viewer’s Choice Award, using an improv with intent method. The Lincoln quilt is worth more than just a look if you haven’t seen it.
When Kim was interviewed by Michelle Bartholomew in the Half-Squared Headlines newsletter in December, Kim mentioned she was excited to be kicking off a year long Creativity Project in the interview. She invited everyone to fill out The Creativity Project Survey, and I eagerly filled out the form. So I was thrilled when I wrote to Kim telling her how excited I was about the project and she asked to formally interview me for inclusion in her series. Yesterday, Kim published my interview as Week #5 in The Creativity Project.
In the interview, Kim invited me to describe the creative environment as a child, and in responding to her question, I realized how deeply I used to feel that I was not a creative person. Now, I celebrate my own creativity and fully believe that we are ALL creative. The reflection on her question certainly has opened up some thoughts and avenues for reflection. I also discuss the artists that I admire (a very non-industry answer!), the connection between craft and compassion, rituals, and my (very important) support system (spoiler: you are all part of that support).
I would be very remiss if I did not also invite you to pause and take the time to read the previous interviews that Kim has published. This series is powerful and I appreciate the depth to which everyone is willing to share about themselves. Thank you so much, Kim, for inviting us all to consider these questions. I look forward to the conversations these questions generate.