Creating life as a work of Art

When considering the creative business and how to succeed, at the end of the day it all comes down to this…Thanks to film maker and futurist Jason Silva for the inspiring insight I needed today!


Intuitive Painting – a demonstration

Meet Ivette Newport from Grace & Ivy. She is a trained illustrator and has generously shared a video of her process for Intuitve Painting. It’s beautiful to watch her creation coming to life and how something can be formed by organically following gut instincts and hunches along the way. Thats my preferred method of working for sure!

An Artful Life – Marloes Dukyer

Marloes Dukyer is one of my most admired Indie Designers from Netherlands. I first came upon her work last year in Indie Craft’ by Jo Waterhouse and my limited logic regarding drawing was stretched open, as new possibilities came rushing in. I have sat behind a sewing machine since I was 11 years old, and I am definitely in my element here. Never before had I seen sewing as a craft utilised in this way.  The grin on my face enlarged as I realised how I could put my skill sets to a new way of creating art.

Marloes work is an amalgamation of fashion, art and illustration. By sewing freehand she uses the needlepoint in the same way one would use a pencil. She discusses how she enjoys the process of how the illustration is going to turn out, because rather than a controlled scenario, she relies on improvisation, innovation and serendipity to influence the outcome. A spontaneous, stimulating and also beautifully surprising process.

I find it interesting to note that I perceive her work as being both beautifully elegant at the same time as worn and crude, being the result of the distressed materials and harsh textural stitch-work of the machine.

The tactile experience of working with textiles and fibre is gratifying she says, especially in contrast with our modern digital world we find ourselves in. Marloes herself is the brains and body behind her own design agency, Naked Designs, and creates bodies of work for high-profile clients, numerous magazines and books, and also manages to find the time to exhibit her work widely.

She is certainly an inspiring woman in my path to discovering what type of artist I would like to be. I have an incredible sense of gratitude towards her, as now I have the motivation and passion to explore this media myself. Knowing that it will be an organic and experiential process comforts and excites me.


Waterhouse, J. (2010). Indie Craft. London: Laurence King Publishing Ltd.

Self Portrait – a Photoshop Exploration

If Oleg Dou has already made a fortune on a moment of serendipity, I thought I’d give my self the opportunity to make a fortunate accidental image also. Today I transformed my own self-portrait photos into digital works of art, with the intention of having them evolve back into handmade creations after manipulating them in various ways.  I had so much fun playing with different effects and filters – and could have spent many hours exploring the options. This technique has been inspired by Oleg Dou and also other artisans who feature handmade elements in their work in some shape or form. A common theme in the art and craft movement.

Tea for thought – Serendipity

“It's a bizarre but wonderful feeling, to arrive dead center of a target you didn't even know you were aiming for.”  ― Lois McMaster Bujold

“It’s a bizarre but wonderful feeling, to arrive dead center of a target you didn’t even know you were aiming for.”
― Lois McMaster Bujold

Often the end result in a piece of art (with it’s given creative process that takes dead ends and many turns in different directions to get where it needed to be) is a fortunate accident. A definite pleasant surprise.  I need to remember this when I experience fear and doubt as an artist. It’s the mistakes we make along the way that gives such satisfaction to the journey. Do you also feel the fear that hinders one from leaping into the creative process, regardless of the unknown outcome?