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Creative Guardrails – Bowling Optional
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Creative Guardrails – Bowling Optional

My son loved bowling when he was young, but like most children, he wasn’t thrilled with achieving gutterball after gutterball. Fortunately, there were guardrails. As if by magic, the guardrails would slide up alongside the lane, ensuring Skyler’s kid-weight ball would bank, bounce, and roll its way to the end-goal, nearly always managing to knock…

The Essential Grumpy Envelope Stage
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The Essential Grumpy Envelope Stage

I’ve long known that all of my most successful pieces go through an ugly stage. What seems like a great idea, progresses nicely, and then suddenly, somewhere along the way, I look at it and wonder… …what the hell I was thinking? With what feels like a boundless amount of time invested in creating my…

Creative Problem Solving and Creative Self-Care
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Creative Problem Solving and Creative Self-Care

– Does this look weird? View it in your browser (where it will look awesome).- I’M SUPER EXCITED TO APPEAR ON THE AUTONOMOUS CREATIVE PODCAST with Jessica Abel “During our conversation, Victoria shares how being adaptable has been the backbone of her career and creative practice— Whether she’s developing new ways to teach during a…

Chromophilia
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Chromophilia

– Does this look weird? View it in your browser (where it will look awesome).- Chromophilia I’ve been running into conflicts about color most of my life. When I was eight I begged my mother to paint my pale yellow bedroom blue instead. She insisted that our tiny ranch house couldn’t have both bedrooms be…

The Love of the Craft
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The Love of the Craft

Looking for some spring inspiration and new ideas? On March 21–25, Metalwerx is hosting its 2022 Virtual Spring Symposium! There are educator and student discounts as well as full scholarships available.  The Love of the Craft At the final session of an online course I took on Turkish illumination techniques, one of the students asked the instructor…