Thursday, 17 January 2013

Book Review - Creative Thursday by Marisa Anne


So it's New Year and I'm only just getting back into the habit of blogging a bit more regularly than once a month!! Last year I was asked to review some 'creativity' books. This has been a really enjoyable experience. I published my first review in November last year and the plan was to do one every month, but then December ran away with me and it's now January. Oh well, best intentions aside, I'm proud to be able to bring you my little review of Creative Thursday by Marisa Anne, an inspiring artist and textile designer from Los Angeles. I love how this book looks and I also love Marisa's whole philosophy and a lot of the things she talked about throughout the book really resonated with me.


I'll start by saying that the introduction grabbed me straight away and I really identified with a lot of the things  Marisa said, which made me think that I was going to enjoy the book a lot. So I delved straight in to the pages which were filled with Marisa's delightful illustrations and structured chapters covering all aspects of creativity, from setting out your intentions of what you want to create, believing in them and visualising how they will look before you take action and make them happen.


It was reassuring to discover that I'm not the only creative who suffers from procrastination and resistance every now and then, there are some great tips for how to deal with this, especially when you feel as if you can't move away from it. Self-doubt and negative inner voices are also dealt with, and again, this seems to be something we all suffer from, it's in our nature. Marisa gives us ways to look past this and to be more accepting of our imperfections and to embrace what we are and where we are in our lives.

There are also chapters on finding inspiration, feeding your creativity and making time to enjoy gathering inspiring images, photos, etc and Marisa encourages recording this whole process, using journals, sketchbooks etc and I love the idea of forming your own 'creative wellspring' of inspiration, what you can dip back into during your creative lows. She encourages opening your mind and being inspired by the simple things in life and getting back to basics.  I love this approach to creativity, my own home and kitchen, cooking and following recipes has given me lots of inspiration for new work in the past.


This is a lovely book (I think the only criticism I would have would be the font size, which for me was a little small), it was well thought out, full of inspiring ideas, colourful and quirky, and Marisa's characters were really loveable, personally I think they would make great characters for a childrens book. It will be a great one to read in one sitting but also to keep on hand to dip into every now and again when you feel you need a boost or a bit of direction.

If you would like the chance to win this book, please leave a comment telling me about something that has inspired you so far in 2013. Closing date is 31st January and I'll inform the winner in Feb.

19 comments:

  1. What a delightful sounding book. I'm not sure that any single thing has inspired me this year so far but I seem to have a strong desire to make some changes and that is really motivating me to stop procrastinating and get on with some work!

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  2. I've resisted the 'January Bug' of diving in and changing everything and have dug a little deeper and find myself inspired daily by the creative goodness that is spread throughout the blogosphere. Each trip through my Google Reader brings more inspiration and a continued light to the fire that is my creativity for 2013 and beyond. Cx

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  3. 2013 has inspired me just by arriving. With so many things happening this year (big on being my wedding) and so many plans to put into action I would normally find it easy to procrastinate and just ignore everything until it's one mad rush but instead I have made lists and resolved to keep to a 'little and often' approach with regard to projects. After taking a lot of time out from my own work I'm trying to rediscover my creativity. This book sounds like a winner to me! x

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  4. One morning last week the sun came out and I took the children for a wander round our garden... It was the first time in a couple of months that I had looked properly at the flowerbeds- I was amazed to see bulbs shooting up through the undergrowth, buds on trees and self set forget-me-not plants thriving. It was so inspiring to see signs of new growth and feel the sun my face .....

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  5. What a delightful book! I've been finding the winter landscape inspiring ... so much subtle colour if you look for it!

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  6. books looks lovely, im getting married this year to a wonderful man, his family all foster disabled children, this has inspired me to look at my life and what i can offer, we are now planning to foster ourselves

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  7. Hi Sue - as always, a really interesting blog to browse! I'm currently inspired by all the interesting creative people I work with and bump into online. Particularly people at a point of change - change is so much more interesting than staying the same :)

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  8. The new designs I've been working on over the last couple of weeks are inspired by a trip to the V&A right at the very beginning of the year. Should keep me going for a while!

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  9. Another great book to add to my wish list! This year I have been inpsired by the bravery of a friend.

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  10. While Christmas shopping this December I found a book on Mixed Media Collage. Completely not anything I was looking for, I was immensely inspired and bought it for myself. Oh my goodness, I think I am hooked. I feel like I have been building skills literally since I was a child for this kind of artwork.
    I am a huge fan of Creative Thursday (you should check out her blog) and can't wait to get my hands on this book.

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  11. Hi Sue. This book sounds like something I need right now.Every day on my school run I pass a little row of workers cottages. every day I think I will photograph them, draw them, collage them...I never do. I need a kick up the bum to get through this procrastination and get over my current self doubts.

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  12. This book looks lovely!

    People have inspired me this year so far. I have discovered some amazing people creating some beautiful work. Also I have had some lovely encouragement about my own work, which has really inspired me to keep going!

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  13. Lovely looking book Sue, thanks for re-viewing. I have been inspired by artistic people. I have loved reading everyones New Year blog posts and round ups of 2012. It has made me realise that pretty much anything is possible if you try hard enough! So I am trying harder!I hope it works.

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    1. Hi Ruth
      Just to let you know YOU WON!! Hurray, send me an email and I will send the book
      Sue x

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  14. Sally Dodd 22/1/2013
    I have started a new creative process this year, to encourage and inspire my gcse students. I am tackling a project related to an exam topic which the students are also involved in. I have an A3 sketchbook, just like the students.I am newly inspired by this and so far things are going well, however on reading your book review I can see how it would help my students to extend their creative urges.

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  15. Hi Sue - I've tried not to get caught up thinking I need to have lots of new plans, whilst building on great stuff from last year. Getting my garden into the National Gardens Scheme 'Yellow Book' is inspiring new craft and open gardens events, and great feedback about The Refectory Table is inspiring new plans for workshops. I'm making a little film, and plan to do MORE DRAWING and making this year!

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  16. This looks a lovely book!
    This year I have been inspired by my children who are all starting to make their own, independent way in the world! My youngest went off to uni in Belfast last September and I'm realising that at last I have time to be me and do the things I've always wanted to!

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  17. Thanks for the giveaway. I'm inspired by my quilt guild friends and hope to try a scrap quilt project this year - something I've never tried before.

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  18. Thanks to everyone for their inspiring comments, it's great to hear where everyone else gets their inspiration from. Ruth Gordon was the lucky winner this month, but watch out for February's book review for another chance to win!

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