Kicking off our Women’s History Month celebration with a bang! Yes, folks — it’s the fabulous Queen of Everything, the corvid monarch herself today. She’s a fantastic artist, creator of the wonderful Raven & Wombat Tea Party merch (see our St Urho design!), co-conspirator of the Women’s League of Ale Drinkers, a printmaker, logo artiste, designer and of course, proprietor of the Aloha Alcohula [best damn tiki bar in Connecticut!].
The lovely, talented and prolific Kate asked me to blog about the creative process — specifically, my creative process. I don’t believe I consciously have one.
The process has to start with inspiration: I am fortunate and blessed to know so many writers, musicians and artists, all of whom inspire me constantly. I also have a mental repository of visuals ranging from Looney Tunes to Art Chantry, Art Nouveau posters to Inuit prints, prehistoric art to Hatch Show prints; movies, photography, music, books – there is so much out there to inspire everyone. I just acquired a coffee-table book on Circuses – and I don’t doubt the awesome visual impact of the pages will figure in somewhere, sometime into a new project. A mere Facebook conversation has produced some wonderful images in my mind.
The creative process, as it works in me: an image pops in my head, it’s usually a challenge, and I think it’s cool. If it has humor, even better. If it’s inspired by a friend, total bliss.