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Needlefelting artist Dani Ives @begoodnatured shares her journey from Conservation educator to full-time artist #27

Dani Ives known as @begoodnatured on Instagram, has certainly needlefelting @begoodnaturedgone through an unexpected career shift. Growing up she was always interested in science, which led her to biology and conservation studies. Some years later, while working as a conservation educator at a zoo, she began to feel the urge to create come back. She had always been “artsy” but never nurtured her artistic tendencies. But when a friend recommended her to try out needlefelting something happened… She just couldn’t stop!

“There is something completely addictive with needlefelting”, she says in the interview. From the first day, a whole new world of needlefelting opened up, and she is now able to nurture both her creativity and love for animals and conservation using the same medium.

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How a passion for crafting and quality materials turned into a flourishing online business, Interview with Nicole Tweena @cloud.craft #26

Nicole Tweena smiles when I asked her how she got started with crafting.

“I don’t really know, crafting is just something that I’ve always done and always loved. I had a lot of women around me making things as I was growing up so it became second nature”.

As she grew up and got assigned embroidery and sewing projects in school she began to realise that not everyone was “making things”. Ever since her realisation she has always felt incredibly privileged to have a creative and mindful activity at hand. It also planted a seed inside that would later bloom into a flourishing online business.


 

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Ready for a change?

Change: Even the smallest change can lead to a transformation of your mindset, art and business #25

The idea of change is very fascinating. In one way we idealise change since it is required to go from point A to point B and realise our dreams. Yet, we are scared to make the changes needed to reach the results we want. It is too easy (we can sign under on this from experience), to blame external factors instead of actively make the change. A change is an action that follows a decision that will bring you in a new direction. But if you don’t take that decision or act on it, there won’t be any change and you will find yourself in the same position years down the road. Who do you want to be? A change-maker or a passive spectator?

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motivation is the key to creative success

Motivation is the key to creative success; Interview with South African embroidery artist Danielle Clough @fiance_knowles

For Danielle Clough (@fiance_knowles), motivation is the most important element to excel and succeed in your art. Inspiration on the other hand, is an exhausted word that primarily puts a great deal of pressure on artists worldwide. Her straightforwardness when she told me about her scepticisim to the word inspiration was incredibly refreshing. It makes so much sense. We are expected to be inspired all the time and when we’re not, we feel stressed and pressured to dig for that inspiration. But where, and how? 

 

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The Value of Community – a Conversation with Mexican Embroidery Artist Layla @coricrafts

 

This week’s episode is an honest discussion between embroidery artists on how a supportive community is the game changer in your artistry. In Layla’s (@coricrafts) daily life “People don’t care”, she says. She works in science during the day and as an artist at night and she feels it as if they are two distinct worlds. When she enters one of them she has to close the other. Imagine if there would be a way to build bridges between those worlds. 

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Just do it; Interview with sculpture artist Ian Edwards

“Do it”, is sculpture artist Ian Edward’s advice for anyone who is hesitating in their choice of an artist life. If you don’t do you will not know if it was the right thing. And if it wasn’t, congratulations, you’ve just gained valuable experience from your mistake and you’re able to make better actions and decisions in the future. 

One area where many people are especially hesitant is when it comes to reaching out. “You don’t meet anyone in your bedroom, so get out of there!”, says Ian in the interview. To grow your network is the most important in any profession. You could even argue that creative success comes down to who you know, where and when; I.e. Your network. 

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Art-blogger and Artist; Interview with Sara Barnes

In this podcast episode we had a great conversation with American artblogger and artist Sara Barnes. She is the curator of the artblog brwnpaperbag.com and the Instagram account with the same name @brwnpaperbag. If you’re a lover of skilful illustration and embroidery, her blog is a must visit. Over the years she has developed a distinct style and as she states in the interview; “A carefully curated feed with her audience’s interest in mind.”

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