Featured Blog: Inspiration Flirtation

 

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Today is the first of our Featured Blogs, to read more about the What,Why and Hows check out the description page. Today’s first came to me by suprise as many things often do. The Blog was started by Christina (Tina) Wessels and her blog is about Inspiration and how many of us flirt with our creativity but never really hookup with it. But it is more than just about “almost” it is about naming and honoring the creative seed that resides in all of us, the little urgings and longings  we have learned to hide because we don’t want to offend, it is to summarize Garrison Keillor our faithfulness to “suffering”.

On her little part of the web Tina is doing her part to pull aside the curtain of suffering, and offering instead, encouragement,support and recognition each critical in coaxing us out of our repressed state. I found in Tina’s effort a recognition of the seed of the change we are all experiencing it is the seed of giving, of growing and leading and more than anything else the courage to take the step into a place of uncertainty and unfamiliarity.

The more people we can awaken, the more eyes we can open the more people there will be who learn the value of art in their lives and the more they will open to their own gifts.

This is what I read on Tina’s blog…

Working in a cubicle by day… a crafter/artist/mommy by night I have always felt the need to create and share my creations with others. Artists are everywhere I look. Artists are my neighbors. Artists live under the same roof with me and give me goodnight kisses. My mother is a great artist. Artists are my “business partners”. Some people are artists and I don’t even know it, some are artists and THEY don’t even know it. Some artists even make me cupcakes! BUT… I don’t always get to see the art behind the daily artist. Enter Inspiration Flirtation…

About Inspiration Flirtation… A How to:

  • Why Inspiration Flirtation? Artists are everywhere I look. Artists are my neighbors. Artists live under the same roof with me and give me goodnight kisses. My mother is a great artist. Artists are my “business partners”. Some people are artists and I don’t even know it, some are artists and THEY don’t even know it. Some artists even make me cupcakes! BUT… I don’t always get to see the art behind the daily artist. Enter Inspiration Flirtation…
  • How do I participate? Each week a “seed” of inspiration will be planted here. Flirt with it as you will, let it inspire you, then create something. Paint, sketch, write a haiku, dance, finger paint, take a photograph, write a short story, free form crochet. Do what it is that you are inspired to do. Post it on your blog or a static page on the internet (that you can direct us to in one simple link). Leave your link in the form of a comment on that week’s post (please link to your actual posting (a static page) as opposed to your blog’s main page). If there is a story behind your piece we would love to hear about it. That’s it. Now flirt! (Feel free to link to a past work that you have done as long as it relates to that week’s seed.)
  • If you are linking to a photo sharing site (such as Picasa or Flickr): make sure that the photo that you link to is in a public album which contains only photos that you want others to see. Making an album just for Inspiration Flirtation viewers might be one way to do this! If you are unsure of what others can see we recommend logging out of your site and entering as if you are a guest. Look around and see what others might see!
  • Starting your own blog is easy to do… go to www.blogger.com to start flirting!
  • Will your humor me and accept my ideas for future inspirations? Of course, feel free to email your ideas for future inspirations to mamawess@gmail.com . In fact, we may even invite future “guest artists” to submit ideas and content to host their own weekly Inspiration!
  • Can I be notified of new posts? Of course! To be notified of new posts or comments/creations you can subscribe at the bottom of this page. Or send an email to be placed on a mailing list.
  • How else can I get involved? Do you have an art related product that you would like to have reviewed, promoted and blogged about?! Contact me. Spread the word: Tell your friends about the blog and encourage them to participate. Do you have a special skill that you are willing share with the class? Tell us about it! A feature post may be in your future! Do you have a piece that is not related to our weekly seeds that you would like to share with the group? Contact me to have your piece added to the “Art for Art’s Sake” section. We will host contests/giveaways between weekly posts… stay tuned for more!

At some point I will be doing audio interviews with Featured Bloggers but until I get there what follows are Tina’s answers to some simple questions:

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How long have you been making art? I have been making art since I was in elementary school. My art was always chosen for the public school system’s art show!!! But then again when you are in elementary school I think they pick every kid! LOL

Why do you make art? I think I make art mostly to share with others. I make a lot of “practical” art… knitting, crochet, beaded jewelry wearable stuff. I love to make pieces that I can show people “inadvertantly”…

What is your vision. what drives you? I am “driven” by trying new things. I think I have a new craft/medium/hobby every week! It must be “driving” my husband nuts by now but he is so, so supportive. I envision myself someday no longer sitting behind a desk for 40 hours a week but rather sitting on the floor surrounded by yarn, paper, crayons, pencils, paintbrushes, wool roving. I’m envisioning much of these scraps in my hair and giant cup of coffee in my hand as well.

About Your Blog

banner Featured Blog: Inspiration FlirtationWhat motivated you start a blog? I’m really not sure. I love art and so stumbled upon a few art inspiration blogs. At the same time I also realized (by speaking with friends at a newish job) that I am surrounded by people who are artists in some sense of the word. I wanted to try to help inspire them and help bring some more creativity out of them. So I thought to myself “Self, you can do this too! You can get you friends and family to participate and then make some connections, and this thing could take over the world (wide web)!” :)

Who is your audience? I try to speak to everyday people who may or may not be artists. Some of them are artists and they just don’t know it yet! They just need a little coaxing. Right now I think I have a whopping 11 followers! Some from overseas! That is very exciting to me!
What is the purpose of your blog? I want to try to get everyone to see the possibilities by taking everyday thoughts, ideas, and objects and trying to get people to see some kind of inspiration within that idea and within themselves.
How frequently do you write? When I started (just a few weeks ago) I intended to write once a week when I put up the weekly “flirt”. I thought maybe I would add a post here and there with some of my rantings when the mood struck. But now I find myself wanting to blog every day!!! My fear in that is that the inspirations will get lost in the shuffle so I try to make sure there is always a link to the current inspiration!

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