Creative Manifesto 2014

Every year I write down a set of ‘creative objectives’. They are usually quite detailed and ‘SMART’.  However, this year I decided to do it creatively, less like a business plan, and keep it simple.  I could have created an illustrative/drawn piece (which is what you would expect me to do),  but I decided I would do something different, instead I would sew my ‘Creative Manifesto’ as a mixed media piece, and it is my intention to include a lot more creative projects like this over the coming year.

So, I drafted five simple and personal guidelines/declarations for my manifesto, and thought about how to best display them. I quickly came up with the idea of creating the text with felt and adding embroidery in one of my favourite colour combos pink and turquoise, to make a contemporary ‘sampler’. This was something I knew I could do quite quickly, and it took about a week, working on it here and there over the Christmas holiday.

Once I had completed my ‘sampler’, I mounted it on deep edged canvas I had painted baby pink. I finished it this morning.  Sadly, the pictures don’t do it justice at all, because at the moment, here in the UK we are in a state of almost perpetual darkness, so I will take some better pictures at a later date.

So, my Creative Manifesto features the following rules/declaration for this year:

Create every day
Dare to be different
Do it for love
Be kind to yourself
Finish what you start

Last year was a bit of a dry patch in terms of creativity for many reasons, and perhaps my expectations of myself were too high. So, this year, it will be less about achieving monetary success and profile raising, and more about the enjoyment of creating for its own sake.

Creative Manifesto

Creative Manifesto on the desk

Creative Manifesto - on shelf

Lastly, thanks to everyone who has come by and commented on my blog over the past year. Your encouragement and support means an awful lot, and it is truly appreciated. Have a fantastic year.

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About Lorrie Whittington

Hi there, welcome to my journal, and thanks for reading my post. I love to make contact with other creatives, so do please leave a comment. I am also founder and co-editor of ArtJunky.net.

8 thoughts on “Creative Manifesto 2014

    1. Thank you Jeanette, I really appreciate that. I really enjoyed doing it, I find sewing so very therapeutic, so have more ‘sewing’ projects planned for this year.

      xxx

  1. This is lovely. Well done you, and you finished something you started ;)

    Here’s to a great year.

    CR

  2. Hello Lorrie

    Hoping you are well and you and family enjoyed the holidays. I noticed this on your facebook page and wondered if it had been finished. Very good, it looks very pretty and I am sure the words will serve to inspire you over the coming year.

    Happy new year my friend. :)

    1. Thank you for that Didier, hope you and yours are all good too.

      I have much planned this year, very exciting.

      Happy new year to you too.

      x

  3. Oh, this is wonderful both the sentiment that created it, and the work that went into it – it looks great and ‘making’ your manifesto real must be a great way to helping live it. I hope you continue to enjoy what you create this year :)

    1. Thank you very much Mossy, I really appreciate that. I must admit, I really enjoyed doing it, sewing is so very therapeutic…and it’s good to have the reminder there every day too.

      Have a great new year :)

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