Thursday, February 19, 2009


I just checked out Melody Johnson's Fibermania blog and she had a wonderful YouTube video by Elizabeth Gilbert. It is 19 minutes long and is a wonderful talk concerning creativity. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Where does your creative inspiration come from?
Sometimes my inspiration comes from hanging an unfinished quilt on the wall. I will wait for the inspiration to appear, and it always does. Sometimes I go to sleep thinking about a creative problem and awake in the middle of the night with the answer...and have to get up to write it down. I always carry paper and pen to jot down ideas.
I love string piecing and see ideas for string quilts almost everywhere...the trees in the yard, leaves, wood grain, waves, movement, windows, mountains, photos, landscapes, water, sunlight. When I am ready, I never doubt that the ideas will appear.
I am disabled due to rheumatoid arthritis, and in many ways it has been a wonderful gift. I have the time to be creative, and a body that insists on regular breaks and good rest rather than constant activity. Constant activity kills creative inspiration for me. I would never have discovered this truth if I had not become disabled. This is one more reason that I believe in a Higher Power.

1 comment:

Carol Sloan said...

thank you for your comment Anita. I appreciate your prayers during this time. I, too, understand the whole creativity with a lot of does work, doesn't it?