I've been having a bit of a down week in terms of self-confidence, inspiration and life in general. I'm feeling a bit like I'm in a rut when it comes to my creativity which is a horrible feeling when your work relies on it! I've been at my day job the last two days which, while it is a lovely place to work, isn't particularly inspiring. I have spent the afternoon reading through blogs, following links and little by little it's lifting my spirits.
The most inspiring thing I came across was an interview with Tania Patritti (ninon) by Brittni Wood which you can check out here. I think Tania has officially become my softie-maker hero. Everything she makes is amazing and she's vegan and is a full-time artist and lives in the most awesome looking apartment in Berlin! I have been reading her blog for a little while and in short it's awesome. I'm saving up to buy one of her Les Monstris! She has inspired me to make more complicated pieces because they are more satisfying as she states in another interview which you can read here. Things I've made in the past like the sewing machine, giant snail and the marriage couple are so much fun cause they're challenging and take ages to make. Maybe I should change my commitment to my bi monthly master piece to a monthly masterpiece... there's a thought!
Atticus De La Fonseca
*As a side note, I just want to add that I'm melting right now! It's 40 degrees and it will be tomorrow as well. I really want to tele-port myself to the snow!!!*
Through following all the links from ninon's blog I came to Plush You! which I admittedly haven't visited for a while, I'm not sure why but it just momentarily slipped off my radar. Plush You! also really inspired me - firstly because they are taking entries for the Plush You! show which you can check out here, secondly because they're running a competition called the Schmancy Olympic Challenge (I've sent an email to try and enter but I might be too late), and thirdly because Kristen Rask, owner of Schmancy and curator of Plush You! is so pro active and organises all these amazing things.
With all this new inspiration I'm left with a sense of awe. It also got me thinking about the softie community in Australia and how I feel it needs to come together more. I feel a bit left out of all these amazing things happening elsewhere (maybe it's because I don't live in Melbourne). The point I'm trying to get to is that I'd like to organise an exhibition in Sydney of local and international softie makers to try and energise the community here. I think that would be super exciting! I'd have to apply to a grant to cover gallery costs etc but I think it's doable. I'm going to start investigating!
Thank you to all you inspiring people! xx