Monday, June 8, 2009

Creativity in motion

So here it is. Wreck this journal, entry number one. "Draw lines while in motion on the bus..." This is my commute from downtown Ottawa to Orleans on the transitway. One of my goals for this year is to find a new home, more central than suburbia, so the line in motion won't be quite so long.

Scribbling this page made me remember an activity I did once for a Girl Guide badge. We were asked to listen to our favourite piece of music, put a pen or pencil to the page (I used crayons) and draw what the music felt without lifting the pen. At that moment, I made a connection between the arts and really understood how one beautiful thing could inspire another.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Wreck this blog!

"Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith." ~Margaret Shepherd

Happy June! I'm looking out my window at lush green leaves and peek of blue sky through a white-wash of clouds. There is a little red bird perfectly perched on a branch at eye level, chirping away, cheering me on as I dive in to create this blog that I've been wanting to write for so long.

There's nothing like a good deadline to get you started. This Friday, Jamie Ridler is hosting The Next Chapter, and I'm SO in. I met Jamie in Toronto last summer at a wonderful little gathering hosted by Romana Mirza. We clicked and made a date to connect again. I've been following Jamie's blog for months now, just waiting for the perfect opportunity to follow suit and join the community. Waiting got boring, so I decided to CREATE that opportunity myself, setting aside the roadblocks (also my own creations), and opening this door for good (insert funky homemade door stop here).

I can't wait to wreck this journal. Can't wait to fill this blog with deliciously imperfect posts. To share my passion for collections, connections and creativity. To introduce you to Melissa Hammell.