11.26.2013

Unblocking your Creativity



This is the time of year I always start to get a little dispirited. The weather is grey, the leaves have fallen and it’s finally starting to get colder but it’s not quite time for the holiday festivities to begin. So this is when I tend to start losing direction in my work or my project becomes static and I can’t seem to get past what’s in front of me in order to take it to a new level. I know every creative type of person will come to a point when they just get stuck, it’s simply a curse of having an imaginative mind. But once someone gets in that mental rut its like getting a car out of the mud to get past it so they can continue on their innovative journey.  I personally have a difficult time breaking through a creative block but I found a few things that have helped me work past what I was going through, so hopefully by sharing my few general suggestions they can help one of you step back and refocus on whatever inspiring project you are working on, getting back to yourself feeling your creativity recharged.

-Make a Playlist
Creating a list of songs that make you feel a particular way and puts you in the right mindset for your project helps you to get in your creative zone faster.  Also having a playlist that you can just let play all the way through will prevent a break in concentration by feeling that you need to stop and change the music because it’s not the right kind of tempo or right kind of vibe for what you’re working on. This is one less distraction, helping you stay focused and providing you with your own customized environment, ideal for your creative process.

-Take a Walk
I’m sure you’ve probably heard this one before, but even the slightest change of scenery when you’ve got a mental block can help you mind shift gears so when you step back to your project you can see things more clearly with a new impression of what you’ve already done and a new clarity in where you envision it going.

-Make a List of Your Favorite Things
Writers are always told to “write what you know” because you already have a comprehensive viewpoint and storyline. Making a list of things you love or things that you feel inspired by can help refresh your understanding of why you are inspired by them and can give your creativity direction if you are lacking a particular avenue.

-Make it a Habit
Working on your art a little each day will help keep the creativity flowing on a regular basis.  So whether you write a poem, draw a beetle, make a paper sculpture or take ten minutes to brainstorm ideas to save for later, just do something. If you can spare an hour or a minute, constantly creating will strengthen your skills and fire up your passion, making you happier and more connected to your work and yourself.

-Sit and Observe
I had a college professor who instructed us to sit in a public venue and listen to someone’s conversation, taking notes on the what they were saying and the surroundings they were in at the time. Bringing the notes back to the studio we created our project based on what we had heard and observed. I always thought that was an intrusive project, but now I see that he wanted us to really look at what and who was right in front of us. We are so wrapped up in our own thoughts we tend to forget to notice the emotions and ideas projected by those in our immediate surroundings.  Taking a minute to people watch or to really listen to what someone has to say, can make us see things in a different perspective and may provide new opinions for us to consider. Don’t be afraid to write down a few ideas while you’re in the moment including, strong words that you may hear, colors that are particularly vibrant or scents that are enticing. Putting your response to the surroundings on paper will help you recall your experience clearly, allowing you to create from a specific moment rather than from a fading memory.

-Take a Break From Your Screen
We spend so much of our days in front of screens now with computers, iPods, iPads, tvs and an assortment of devices. We are constantly seeing digital images all day long.  As a graphic designer most of my day is poured into my keyboard, creating points and pixels, so after I my work is done and I’ve settled in for the night I always try to spend at least half an hour reading a magazine or a book and just letting my mind be absorbed by the paper.  Of course painters and sculptors and other visual artists aren’t looking at a screen when they create their art, but to those of us who must, we can benefit from allowing ourselves to have a mental break, literally unplug our minds and let our eyes relax.


11.05.2013

New Pendants on sale NOW!



I'm am excited to present Thirsty World Designs' latest line of pendants!  These jeweled owls and seahorses with a whimsical twist are fun and festive for every season!  The metallic clay gives plenty of glint and shimmer, complimenting the jewels and overall design without being an overwhelming element.  I had so much fun making each of them and since no two are alike, they each have their own stunning personality.  You can start your holiday shopping today with the link below or you can email me at hannahfairweather@gmail.com to put in a custom color or design order.  I'm always happy to hear from you and see which ones you're digging and what you'd like to see more of!



10.14.2013

Writing in the Web

As the colder weather starts to settle in, my beautiful bugs are beginning to hide in wait for the next spring.  With a few last weeks of warmer temperatures, this writing spider caught my attention, partly because it's web was strung against the front door of my house and partly because of the intense colors he bears. He stayed in the same position for three days, unmoving and only reworking his home after he caught a meal, until finally he had to be moved since he was blocking the front door. 

He was an artist with his web, creating a pattern that is unseen in most spider's work. His precision and dedication made for a beautiful signature to his efforts.  

As a girl who like glitter and orchids, my interest in bugs comes from the beauty in the patterns they wear and create. Spiders have never bothered me, maybe because I can step on them if my protection is in question, but my weakness comes from a snake sighting.  So while I know many of you, hate creepy crawlies, I hope you can still appreciate the subtle perfection in an artist work like the writing spider's. 

9.04.2013

Ripe

During a weekend at home, on a evening walk with my Dad during the golden hour, we stopped to admire our neighbors blueberry garden. The ripening berries were in such a wide range of mint green to dusty rose to dark fuchsia and finally into a deep plum wine. Maybe I haven't taken the time to stop and really notice the colors blueberries go through from to make them the deep purple and blue they end up being when they are finally picked and eaten.

If you haven't been able to notice from my blog design, I love the cool color palette with lots of greens and purples. With the hint of coral and raspberry, these berries have all of my favorites.  I couldn't help but share these beautiful photos I captured when the light was perfect and right before a thunderstorm hit. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do, as the indian summer approaches right before fall encroaches.  

8.21.2013

Gone with the Wind

Every trip I take on my own tends to have a theme. Sometimes I plan it out accordingly, but more often they manifest themselves throughout my journey.  This one was a little more obvious.  

In high school my senior year English teacher was having a book giveaway to make room in her library for newer copies.  I grabbed an old paperback of Gone With The Wind and have held onto it for seven years now and haven't had the time to open it, especially considering it's 1024 pages long.  But it seemed fitting to pack since I was on my way to Atlanta for the first time.  My goal is to finish it by September, so whenever I had a lazy moment on the couch, I'd read a few chapters, diving into a different time of Atlanta's past, when Peachtree wasn't a four lane highway, but a dirt road where ladies in hoop shirts walked to their grand houses.

I didn't plan on going to the Margaret Mitchell Museum, author of Gone With The Wind, I didn't even think about looking for it actually. But while riding the Marta, I heard the announcer mention the stop and it seemed to call to me. For a last minute trip, I stopped by the house and learned a little more about her and where the story came from.  I even got to sit on a bench in her courtyard and read the book where it was written, which was a pretty awesome moment.  For one, Margaret Mitchell was an extremely private person and would probably be appalled that there is a museum in her honor.  She was a cat lady and a tom boy.  She only wrote the book as an way to deter boredom after an accident that caused to be bedridden for a few months, making her to have to quit her job at the local newspaper.  She wasn't even planning on publishing it and she wrote the last chapter first and the first three chapters last.  I haven't quite gotten to the end and in truth I may be a little behind my deadline, but it makes me even more intrigued to know how it will end so I can see it the way she did, a women who came from a family from Jonesboro with fathers who fought in the civil war.  Plus finally finishing it will give me a great excuse for an extra long movie night.

Day 1: Journey down 1-85, Wine Wednesday at Dantana's
Day 2: Take the Marta to the High Museum of Art
Day 3: Shopping in Little Five Points
Day 4: Mimosa Brunch at Bricktops in Buckhead, Afternoon at the Botanical Gardens, Dinner and Drinks at Tap
Day 5: Georgia Aquarium, Sushi dinner
Day 6: Lunch and shopping in Decauter, Journey back up I-85.


8.12.2013

Busy Bees

The Atlanta Botanical Gardens were absolutely breathtaking as you can see from my last post, but in every garden there are caretakers that no one really sees, except someone like me who notices the smallest of insects.  These busy bees are helping the professional landscapers by showing each flower special attention through the pollination process.  I love these photos because they capture the fact that even with thousands of tourists walking through this controlled setting, nature will prevail and these plants are alive and have a place all their own in this world and provide what they can to the creatures surrounding them.  If you look closer at the first photo, you can even see the pollen dust on his back and wings; its a messy job but these common Yellow Bumble Bees relish in their careers.

8.08.2013

Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Here's another post with a photo overload, but being surrounded by so much natural beauty at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens it was impossible not to snap my camera constantly!  This was my favorite day in Atlanta, after all the rain we finally managed to have one afternoon with perfect temperature and no clouds, ideal for an outdoor adventure!

This summer the gardens are hosting the Imaginary Worlds exhibit, which has toured all over Europe and is now seen for the first time in the US.  Imaginary Worlds is a series of beautiful living sculptures that tower over visitors, creating a larger then life wonderland!  Between these amazing sculptures and the exotic orchid house, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens is a place to reconnect to the Earth Goddess and to find her in yourself.