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2015 has been a bit of a funny year for me so far, as frequent readers may have gathered. There's been a lot going on behind the scenes for me and my family which has made the past 9 months or so quite tricky, with 2015 really throwing a spanner or seven in the already messy works.
Perhaps needless to say, I haven't been at my most creative. I know that historically, we look at artists as often achieving greatness through tortured emotions, but I don't know about you, but that is *not* me. I am at my most creative when things are good - calm, a feeling of positivity in the air, possibility around the corner. Sure, then you can plough those more difficult times, but I find myself unable to tap into my creativity so much when things feel unsettled and difficult.
Happily, it feels like we are turning a corner and (along with the Spring sunshine we've enjoyed recently) this seems to have awakened a little spark of something or other within me. It feels good to be doing a little making again!
I thought I'd share a little photo rundown of what's been going on with me these past few weeks. Out and about in Edinburgh, birthday celebrations (and shoes, beautifully modelled with pyjama bottoms!), a work trip to Aldeburgh via London, some teeny tiny handwoven beads, handmade jewellery and hanging out with my wee bunny boy. Action packed! And in no particular order...
My 34th birthday!
Birthday shoes...and pyjamas.
Henry Moore sculpture in the grounds of the Gallery of Modern Art (Edinburgh).
A new necklace, featuring a unique pendant from Something to do beads.
Dean Village, Edinburgh. A country feel in the middle of a capital city.
Teeny tiny handwoven beads.
The view from London Bridge - that's Tower Bridge you're looking at!
Outdoor art from Nathan Coley at the Dean Gallery (Edinburgh). I *love* this, and I'm not quite sure why!
A new bracelet, featuring hand-enemalled flowers from Gardanne Beads and a ceramic round from Kylie Parry.
A weir along the Water of Leith (Edinburgh).
St Bernard's Well (Edinburgh).
A new bracelet featuring a Green Girl Studio flower and bee clasp.
Me and Rufus!
I'm hoping that lots of these images and experiences will prove as inspiration for the next few weeks.
As always, we like to bribe you into commenting by offering up a juicy prize! This week, my prize is a £14 voucher for either of my shops - The Curious Bead Shop or Songbead.
My question for you is this - when are you at your most creative? What conditions are optimum for you to be most productive and inspired? Do you have tips or tricks to kickstart your muse? Or do you just sit it out?
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Rebecca is a Scottish jewellery designer; currently living in Edinburgh, capital of her native land. You can read more about her and her work at her blog, songbeads.blogspot.com and see more of her jewellery at songbead.etsy.com. She also has a supplies shop at thecuriousbeadshop.etsy.com.