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Where Creativity Means to Me
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Kate - Product Designer – Wood Crafts, 1½ years
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Finish this sentence: To me, creativity means….
Having a sense of adventure, and not being afraid to try new things

What type of projects do you do best?
I like them all! I love to paint, collage, sketch, appliqué, and especially woodcrafts. Wood is creates a great blank canvas. There are so many projects and so little time.

What would you consider to be your signature technique or tip?
Take something old and make it new. I like to find old furniture and overhaul it with paint.

When did you first realize you were creative?
I used to get in trouble in grade school for doodling and drawing horses in class, when I was supposed to be paying attention to the teacher. Art was always my favorite subject in school.

What's the coolest thing you've ever created?
My favorite recent thing that I have created (at the moment) is a painting of my dog, Sherman. I love my dog! I also have a few painted furniture pieces that turned out pretty cool. They are on permanent display at my mom's house.

What inspires you to create?
Everything… Photos, driving down the street, traveling, books, magazines, museums, people. Sometimes things people do and say will inspire me to do something creative. Inspiration is everywhere; you always have to be open to it.

What was your biggest creative goof? How did you fix it?
Acrylic paint is very forgiving… just wait a few minutes for it to dry and paint over the goof. I do that a lot.

When and where do you feel the most creative?
At the moment, I would have to say during the day, when I'm wide-awake and have gotten a good nights rest... I am fortunate to be surrounded by creative people where I work, so that makes it easy to try new things and think outside of the box.

How do you find the time to let your creativity loose?
Life is busy, so I have found that if I leave my easel and paint out it makes it much easier to work on a project. It also helps to turn on some good music, and turn off the TV.

What would be in your dream craft room/work space?
Plenty of shelves and drawers to organize my supplies, a drawing table, a large format printer, a sewing machine, lots of windows for great lighting, and the list could go on and on.

What tools and supplies do you always have on hand?
Paint, paintbrushes, markers, canvas, and paper.

What's your favorite color?
There are so many to choose from- I love them all!!

What projects are you working on now?
I have been working on painting a family portrait that I would like to give my parents for Christmas. It's not your typical family portrait though; it's very big and bright. After that I will be starting a collage for my baby's room (he's due in October).

If you had a $100 Michaels gift card, what would you buy?
I would buy paint, and brushes. But, I would also stock up on scrapbooking paper. There are so many cool paper designs out there now, and there is so much more you can do with it than just scrapbooking. I'd like to start working on some collage using scrapbook papers.

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