Monday, February 25, 2013

Jill Badonsky: Muse to the Muses

I love learning new techniques for creating books and jewelry.  But I am even more intrigued by the creative process itself.  Over the years I've become certified in specialized coaching for creative types called Kaizen-Muse Coaching.  KMC helps to skirt creative blocks and overcome feelings of overwhelm.

I've also certified as a facilitator for Muse Groups.  These wonderful 'parlors' include a series of practical workshops to explore various facets of your creative process.

"And who is the genius behind all this wisdom?", you may ask.  Her name is Jill Badonsky.

Jill is the author of The Nine Modern-Day Muses (and a Bodyguard) and The Awe-manac.   Each of these books is filled with actionable ideas to help you express and enjoy your goddess-given creativity.  And, now, Jill has released her newest book, The Muse is In: An Owner's Manual to Your Creativity.

To celebrate, I invited Jill to an interview at my site, Third Thought.

We had a swell interview and I encourage you to visit and read her enlightening responses.  Plus, if you leave a comment at blog interview, you'll automatically be entered into our contest to win a free copy of Jill's new book!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Moon Garden

I've been working on a series of fiber pieces and finished piece #1.  It's titled "Moon Garden"and is 9"x34".

Besides a few handpainted bits, it's made entirely out of scraps I scrounged--old sari fabrics and scraps left behind at a quilting store.  Nothing makes me happier than making something for nothing!

I began this piece in a workshop with Sue Benner.  She is a fabulous teacher and artist, and I was inspired to try her technique of working with fusible web to create the spontaneous, painterly look I was after.  I ran into some challenges by trying to incorporate soft, frayed edges and handstitching along with the fusibles, but I like the effect, so will continue to experiment along those lines.