On Creativity

July 9, 2014

white raccoon circus bridalpurple orangessI realise I just did a “personal” post but the lovely Jess from Jessthetics (aka shop-owner, craft queen and my future travel buddy) tagged me in a creative blog hop… so it can just be “getting to know Laila week” here on TAPE PARADE. You can read her answers to the same questions here!

Most of my work is musical which doesn’t photograph well but you can listen here or here as you read! I hate photographs of my artwork so I’ve included photos of clothes and (ethically-sourced feather!) headdresses I’ve designed and made (I used to run a small business doing this).

1. What am I working on?

I’ve got lots of things on the go but I’m mostly working on songs at the moment; arranging and recording them. I’m in the process of writing two shows with various people as well. In addition to my artistic projects I tend to have numerous craft projects on the go as I like buying old vintage or broken things and fixing them (i.e. bags, dresses, boxes, instruments…).

white raccoon circus bridal2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Clothes and objects I make are characterised by being theatrical, often brightly coloured and highly embellished. I could never make anything simple or minimal! My artistic work is very personal and quite intricate in terms of being multi-layered and complex. I work in a lot of mediums (theatre, music, visual art) but I feel all my work has a unity and a clear theme.

I come from a very mixed heritage and had a weird cultural upbringing so I feel very much like as a person I am a weird melee of influences; my heritage, my name, my physical features. Making art that is very intertextual and self-referential helps me understand and form my own identity.

Kids with crayons at surya

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

It’s just who I am, I can’t remember a time when I didn’t like drawing or making things. I can vividly remember the frustration I would feel as a kid with needing to somehow get the pictures in my head onto a piece of a paper and into the world and that’s how it’s been my whole life. It often makes me feel panicked because I’m scared if I don’t get them down in time I’ll forget them.

Raccoon circus

4. How does your writing/creating process work?

With creating stuff like clothes or costumes I’ve got a fair amount of background study and then if I don’t know how to do something I just make it up. I’m very impatient so work is rarely as precise or neat as it could be.

Generally with artistic projects I have these fully formed ideas of my head and the difficulty is getting it into the world. It’s a bit like in sculpture where the sculptor can see the artwork already existing in the stone and their role is to release it. That’s really how I feel about most of the stuff I create, like my role is just to translate these ideas; I’m just a tool in getting the ideas out. The flaws and problems creep in when translating it into the real world.

In a way it’s like a perpetual cycle of frustration and failure because I’m almost never be able to attain the perfection of the original idea. The few times I’ve felt satisfied with something it’s like a sense of extreme relief and validation that I can occasionally succeed.baIMG_5466

There you go! A little insight – I hope you enjoyed reading it. Further reading on the things I’ve made above can be found here: Moomin Skirt / Animals Skirt / Headdresses / KW / Songs

Thank you all so much for reading my posts, I really appreciate it and it makes me day to find your sweet comments! I’m still in the USA and there will be a LOT of red, white and blue posts hitting your screens very soon. In the meantime you can follow me on: Bloglovin / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Website

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8 comments so far.

8 responses to “On Creativity”

  1. Gemma says:

    I love this post! It always fascinates me to take a peak behind the scenes, of a creative persons life. Those feathered pieces you made are beautiful, and the photographs are gorgeous.

    Good luck with your current projects, looking forward to finding out what’s next!


  2. glorydory says:

    I really like this post & you sharing more personal things! Your pictures capture your creativity and happy spirit so well 🙂 I just listened to a few of your songs on soundcloud. Absolutely love Aella! Good luck for all your projects, I’m sure you will succeed!

  3. alissa says:

    I love seeing the behind the scenes moments in a sense. Gorgeous images!

  4. Caitlin says:

    Waitwait, how did I miss this – you’re in the US?! Whereabouts are you? If you happen to be in Austin you must say hello:)

    • tapeparade says:

      Hey! Yeah I didn’t really announce it but I’m here all month! Seattle and NY still to go and I’m in Oregon at the moment.. sadly nowhere near you guys but if on the off chance you are travelling anywhere in those states let me know?!?!?!

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