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Living the Creative Life: Ideas and Inspiration from Working Artists [Kindle Edition]

Rice Freeman-Zachery
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Book Description

How DO they do it?

If you could ask your favorite artist or crafter only one question, chances are you'd ask about creativity: Where do your ideas come from? How did you get started? What are your tricks for overcoming blocks?

In Living the Creative Life, author Rice Freeman-Zachery has compiled answers to these questions and more from 15 successful artists in a variety of mediums--from assemblage to fiber arts, beading to mixed-media collage. Creativity is different for everyone, and these artists share their insights on the muse (if you believe in her), keeping a sketchbook (or not), and prioritizing your art, whether you aspire to create solely for your own pleasure or to become a full-time artist.

* Try your hand at creative jumpstarts straight from the pros.
* Glimpse the artists' innermost thoughts and works in progress as you peruse pages from their journals and notebooks.
* Share textile artist Sas Colby's triumph over creative block during an exotic art retreat.
* Learn how internationally acclaimed artist James Michael Starr uses experience from his former "day job" to fuel his creation today.
* Explore the work of Michael deMeng, Claudine Hellmuth, Melissa Zink and the other artists right alongside their insights.

No crafter or artist should live the creative life without Living the Creative Life! The inspiration is contagious.

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About the Author

Rice Freeman-Zachery is an artist and writer who has produced clothes, dolls and jewellery and whose art has been featured in Lynne Perrella's Artists' Journals & Sketchbooks and Terry Taylor's Altered Art. She writes artist profiles for Art Doll Quarterly, Belle Armoire, Legacy, Somerset Life, and Somerset Studio. Her two books, Stamp Artistry and New Techniques for Wearable Art, feature her own art and that of other mixed-media artists.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9015 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (29 Aug. 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0035YPIK0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #924,739 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of life's wonders! 26 July 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Hi, my name is Nick, and I am a textile art and designer.

I am an avid book reader, specially to do with textiles, mixed media, etc.
I saw this book here on Amazon, and was very impressed specially as it had a 'Look Inside' section. (I cannot thank the author to allow this, as it is due to this facility I was able to read the index and get a general feel of the content of the book!)

This book is one of my best buys this year!
I would recommend this book to those who enjoys any form of craft and mixed media!
This book I feel is for those who are at a confident level of craft, and have a thirst to learn more, get to find find out about other professional artists in different area of crafts.
The artists share their lives, and you get to find out more about them through their blogs, detailed in their sections.

This book is so inspiring! Its for the person who has every craft book known to man, because this is so different, excellent gift idea for those craft people who you know, who loves books and you just don't know what to get them!!! They will love you for ever!!!!!

I love this book the best, as it gets creative people to think 'out of the box', to look beyond their own corner to see the bigger picture out there, and meet the amazing people in the book up front, which is vary rare these days!

The presentation of this book is totally fabulous, inspirational, colourful and professional.
It has a section per chapter called 'try this', which enables the reader to think, explore and try new challenges!

For those artists who want to go the next major step forward, in marketing and publising their art work, it has all those detail too!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiration 26 May 2011
The title of this book does not lie: it really does provide you with many creative ideas and inspiration and has helped me greatly in living a more creative life and not only limiting my art to specific periods and mediums. It even helps in overcoming artist block!!

A brilliant buy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice to look at but not what I thought it would be 24 April 2012
By Jenzo
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I was a bit disappointed with this book. I bought it on the strength of other reviews but it was not as practical as I was led to believe. Having said that, it is beautifully presented and does give real-life examples. I just couldn't see how it could apply to me and how I might make the leap - a good way to raise your aspirations, though.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review and look closer 9 April 2009
Found the book was a great way to get me moving again with my art. There are a number of excerises to follow which makes you think, plus you see replies from a diverse group of working artist !
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Happy Surprise! 16 Sept. 2007
By Nagagirl - Published on
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This book is a keeper, a touchstone to come back to on those awful, dark
days when I'm sure there isn't a drop of creative energy left. It will sit
in an honored place beside my worktable between Everyday Matters by Danny Gregory and Kaleidoscope by Suzanne Simanaitis. This is where I reach when
the muse sneaks off to play the horses.

Let's face it, many of the books published about collage and mixed media art are profit-driven or a surface scratching prettifying of the creative life. I've bought and been disappointed by several. This book is the real
thing-something to dive into and come up with a pearl of a kick start to
goat-butt you out of your self pitying trough of creative dispair.

Buy the book-you will not be listing it on in two weeks. It will
sit in a honored place for those moments you need something special.
55 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thinking about quitting your job? 10 Dec. 2007
By K. Solheim - Published on
If you are an artist and thinking about quitting your day job to become a full-time artist, you should definitely pick up this book. If you are thinking about doing art full-time sometime in the future, you should pick up the book. Even if you just need a creative kick-in-the-pants... you get the idea. This is a gorgeous book with tons of dialogue with real working successful artists. It is one of the few art books that I have read eagerly cover to cover.
72 of 74 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting mix of artists 20 Sept. 2007
By sarah cook - Published on
There's a very interesting mix of artists in this book, which I really like. They all give their wisdom and pieces of their lives so freely and that is a rare thing these days. Most artists want to keep their creative secrets to themselves. There are some clever suggestions from the artists for ways you can jump start your own creative juices as well as tips from the author. This book is a definite must have for artists who want to know what it is really like being a working artist.
My biggest complaints are about the design of the book. It is very small which makes the text hard to read. Some areas of the pages are dark and textured which makes the text even harder to read. The cover of the book is a good representation of the inside of the book. The earthy colors dull the bright art by some of the most lively artists. The color scheme works great with the art by Michael de Meng and James Starr but it does a huge disservice to the more whimsical artists like Linda Woods and Violette. Despite those flaws, this book is definitely worth getting. You just have to read it in a well lighted room.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living the Creative Life 8 Sept. 2007
By D. Boschert - Published on
What an amazing book. In the art/craft/creative publishing industry this book is a breathe of fresh air. If you're the kind of creative person who wants to really create your own art and your own life -- rather than simply reproduce someone else's projects or methods, this book is for you! Rice interviewed 15 working artists. As a an art quilter, I am thrilled to see Bean Gilsdorf, Wendy Huhn and Susan Shie included. The book is full of a dynamic discussion of questions like: Where do your ideas come from? Do you believe in the muse? Do you use a sketch book? Plus, the layout of the book is deliciously inspirational. It feels like a journal or a conversation or a scrapbook -- or the very best combination of all of those things. And it's a perfect little square format.... just right for stashing in tote bag along with a sketch book and a bit of embroidery. The photography is stunning and the artwork is endlessly inspiring. I see something new every time I peruse the pages.
36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cool insights, difficult design 15 Sept. 2007
By Donna V. - Published on
I was excited to get this book and "get inside the heads" of some of my favorite artists and authors, like Linda Woods and Claudine Hellmuth, and I've really liked some of Rice's other works. There are a lot of cool insights from the artists in the book, who you can tell shared honestly and openly. The design of the book was very distracting, though. It was really hard to read in places, with small print, or the background was too dark and it was hard to read. The overall palette of the book is dreary and murky, really at odds with what the artists are saying. I love the way the artists shared inspiration, but I really hated having to grab a flashlight and magnifying glass to read the book.
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