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Arts and Charms Week One: Creative spaces

Sunday, March 02, 2014

emoticon My task this week is to describe my studio/creative space.
I donít have a studio as such, more a bunch of cubby holes where I store materials for when I decide to do that particular activity. Once, I used to do bobbin lace but gave all the boards and bobbins to a local club after the earthquakes as the clean-up then required serious decluttering. Even in the midst of disaster Christchurch people found opportunity for art: we had the bulls on pianos, and poetry boards set up on vacant sites.




Along with them went the detritus of other attempts at creativity, such as ceramic painting although I have kept a couple of plates I finished. Where my old paint box is is a mystery and I suspect it too might have been a victim of the need to dispose of anything not strictly necessary. However, I did have a nostalgia trip when I recovered my box of coloured pencils which was lurking in the bottom of a cupboard, neglected and forlorn!

Many of them come from the Keswick Pencil Company in Cumbria where I was born, and others from an art shop in Newcastle where I was allowed to buy a couple of extra special pencils every week. Iím 68 now so you can see that they are a childhood treasure to me. They are in an ancient Nestle chocolate box; perhaps they deserve better housing?
Other pencils and tools are in the desk, perhaps the coloured pencils should join them!

My sewing, knitting and crochet materials are also tucked away in boxes in the bottom of the guest wardrobe. Alas, the sewing machine is in yet another cupboard. Itís an old, but faithful, Bernina.

Why this neglect of these things? Well, here is the corner that takes up most of my time these days. More specifically, every quarter I write and distribute an electronic family history newsletter. Now this might not strictly meet the criteria for creativity but I have never really liked the term ďcreativeĒ writing because to some degree all writing is creative. My work with the family magazine involves the imaginative recreation of personalities and events, as well as the more scholarly jobs of research and reporting usually associated with these things. Large sections of the publication are devoted to encouraging personal recollections and impressions for inclusion: I have just received the account my 90 year old English cousin wrote of her visit some years ago to the Gallipoli Peninsula where so many Australian and New Zealand soldiers (the ANZACS) died in 1915. And Iíve been forced to learn about illustrations and layout as the cousin who was going to help me with this has, through no fault of his own, been unable to do very much. So there is the story behind the following photograph. I know it looks like layers of geological material but I do know where everything is!

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  • v NAVYMOM133
    Hi Penny,

    I'm so glad you found the childhood penciils and such. That's always a fun thing.
    My creative things were moved from here to there in our house, and somehow wound up as a big office table in a window-less corner of the living room. All my scrapbooking etc. This past Thanksgiving, in a cleaning frenzy, I packed it all up and it's stored in boxes down cellar now. Not a very good place to haevvecreative supplies live if one wants to be creative...
    906 days ago
  • v ANYA_ONION
    A family newsletter--how interesting! Your family is so blessed to have a creative such as yourself recording these invaluable moments of history!
    906 days ago
  • v HSMOM2JE
    Creativity should never be stifled by complete organization--nothing can be found then emoticon
    908 days ago
  • v RDEE22
    Are you sure you didn't come to my home and take those photos Penny? Oh the treasures and dreams we hang on to!!! emoticon
    909 days ago
  • v LYNMEINDERS
    Awesome...thanks Penny
    909 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    emoticon thank you for sharing
    909 days ago
  • v KASEYCOFF
    Thanx for sharing this, Penny - I, too, am working my way through accumulated clutter, with items going into 'Keep,' 'Donate,' and 'Trash' piles. And amongst the stuff are the little treasures, gems like your colored pencils, that are 'Keep Always.'

    I'm just thankful I didn't have an earthquake to get me started on cleaning up!
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    909 days ago
  • v ARTJAC
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    909 days ago
  • v PHEBESS
    Love this - is this part of a new team you're on? (And yes, a new box for the coloured pencils - if mine were in a chocolate box, I'd be craving chocolate all the time!)
    909 days ago
  • v GRYFFINCLAW_DH
    You have so many creative projects, ideas, and great organization! I enjoyed your blog and photos, Penny!

    DoŮa Mary Lynne
    909 days ago
  • v SABLENESS
    What wonderful projects! I am so looking forward to completing some work-related undertakings this summer that will free up some creative time for me.
    909 days ago
  • v MICKEYH
    You seems like a great organizer! Way to go? And I love my color pencil too:)
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    909 days ago
  • v WENDYJM4
    nice job Penny. enjoyed reading about the other side of you. emoticon
    909 days ago
  • v SANDRALEET
    Art has many forms put to me piling up as much old furniture is not art Street noise is not music
    909 days ago
  • v DISPATCH91
    Oh bless your heart, you have a wonderful outlook. I too agree that writing is definitely a creative art. Thanks for sharing.
    909 days ago
  • v 1CRAZYDOG
    (((((HUGS)))))) It's not easy to declutter, especially under such circumstances as an earthquake. But good job of it that you did it.
    909 days ago
  • v SUSIEPH1
    Hi Penny, love your creative art of all persuasions. Must have been heart breaking to dispose of lifelong treasures after the earthquake ..
    Like you, I have also lost many treasures over the years of moving countries,cities and houses ..
    Not as violent a situation as a earthquake but equally disappointing.
    Love your creative nook my friend .. Hugs Susie xx emoticon emoticon
    909 days ago
  • v NEWTINK
    You did wonderful Penny. I agree any writing has a creative side to it as well the order of facts and descriptions just dont jump onto the page. If it did then we wouldnt need writers at all emoticon
    909 days ago
  • v SLYTHERPUFF_DH
    Nice job Penny!
    I love the bull on the piano:)
    You are so right in thinking that your writing is creative art. It absolutely is an art form. One that I fear may go the wayside as technology takes over our world as we it know it today.
    Congrats, you just earned 100 points for your blog entry + 100 pts for pics=200 total points
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    909 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/2/2014 7:33:43 PM
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