Making + Meandering through an Artful Life
I believe creating is about experimenting, expressing + expanding. It's about doing things differently + authentically. It's about being you + sharing your work with the world.
Hi there, I’m Katie!
I make art because it makes me feel alive. It challenges me, surprises me + allows me to bring layers of creativity into my everyday life.
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The other day I was working in my studio and as I was painting beads, my mind began to wander. I thought about some upcoming projects I’d be working on, some personal things, some of my goals for the rest of the year and to-do’s for the week. For some reason, my thought process felt clearer than ever. I was able to work through my thoughts in a calm and clear way while I was painting, more so than I can when I am sitting with pen and paper, intentionally trying to make a list.
This winter, my husband and I took a trip to Ann Arbor, MI because we wanted to check out the much heard about Zingermans everything. They have a deli, a coffee shop, candy store, bakery and a few restaurants as well. It’s kind of crazy, and I definitely got a sense that these people know what they are doing. In particular the co-founder, Ari Weinzweig. Each of the different shops was filled with delicious foods, quality products, knowledgable staff, quirky artwork, extra space for classes, workshops and other happenings. It was certainly a well-oiled machine and a grand experience for their customers.
What is the one thing that we all want? More money? A bigger house? Better health? Perhaps this is the desire of some, but I would argue that the thing most of us want more of deep down is… Freedom. Freedom to do the things we love, freedom to take our time, to learn new things and to explore. To not be tied down to schedules, money restraints or obligations. Because when we are free, we have the ability to make decisions for ourselves.
Life is hard as we grow up. There is so much to do and manage, we couldn’t possibly have time to do something fun like jumping in puddles or painting a canvas, right?!
Well what if we shifted our thinking a bit and made more time to play and be creative? It’s becoming more and more apparent that, even as adults, making time to do something for ourselves decreases stress, promotes wellness and just makes us happier.