Celebrating Creativity

Hi I'm Kadira Jennings, welcome to Unfolding Creativity, a portal to Abundance Through Creativity.

I am a creative artist celebrating and encouraging the creative in all of us.

My blog is a discussion, and creativity resource. Please take your time, look around and join the conversation if you would like to.
It is my passionate belief that we all have deep within us a creative genius just waiting for half a chance to get out no matter what field we work or play in.

''There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it.''
Martha Graham

Remember that picture from last week?

Mosaic detail

Can you guess what this is?

Well here it is  unveiled –

Gorgeous Mosaic Shoe Heel Detail

Gorgeous Mosaic Shoe Heel Detail

And here is what it looks like front on….

China Mosaic Shoe Front Detail

China Mosaic Shoe Front Detail

And the sole… What does that look like?

Shoe sole detail

Shoe Sole Detail

Isn’t that a truly wonderful creative piece?

SO, who made this exquisite master piece ……

A very talented lady Fiona Edmonds.

Fiona Edmonds

Fiona Edmonds

She shared a little about how she made this delectable shoe –

I used a real shoe from an op shop -about a size 9 I think. I prepared the surface so that I could mosaic onto it. I  used delicate morsels of damaged fine vintage china, a vintage brooch, ruby mirror glass  and also the makers mark – notice where it says “pink vogue” & “queen” – with the crown? All up it took me a year to complete!

Wow now that’s perseverance and dedication for you!

Fiona’s main business is equally gorgeous – putting on Vintage High Teas for people.

Here is a little snip from her about us web page:

“Fiona first developed a passion for vintage china soon after her grandmother entrusted her with a small collection of fine china trio’s. Her Grandma had received many beautiful fine English cup, saucer & cake trios as thankyou gifts whenever she played piano for the silent films at her local cinema in Sydney……….”

If you live on the Central Coast of Australia or even in Sydney – what a wonderful afternoon with girlfriends.

Vintage afternoon  tea

Afternoon Tea Anyone?

If you are interested in contacting  Fiona here are her details:

Tel: 0414625250
Email: fiona@vintageteapartiesandevents.com

French Country Market

Well I’ve been longing to go back to France and today a little bit of France came to me!  There is an annual French Market Day held near Avoca Beach on the central coast. It was simply delightful. There was everything from tall ladies blowing bubbles…

Girl on Stilts at French Country Market

Magic Bubbles

To things in tubs….

Spring Vegetables in Metal Tub

Spring Vegetables

Afternoon tea….

Antique Cake Plaques

Cake Anyone?

Fabulous Soaps …..

French Soap

French Soap

AND …. Things in Jars

Things in Jars

Gorgeous Jars

But wait …… that was not all – One stall had one of the most exquisite pieces of creativity  I have  seen in a long time.

Mosaic Detail

Can you guess what this is?

Look for the answer in my next post……

Colour Mixing Workshop

Phew – I have finally done it.  After around 2 months preparation the three hours whizzed by in the blink of an eye. I find that colour mixing is the one thing that bamboozles students more than anything else. It seems that much of the information floating around on how to do it is far too simplistic and leads to nothing more than ”mud” and frustration.

Colour Mixing with paint swatches

Colour mixing with paint swatches

It seems that everyone attending had a ‘light bulb’ moment or two which was fantastic and certainly a desired outcome on my part.

Steve mixing a graded tonal chart

Steve mixing a graded tonal chart

We covered all the basics of colour mixing on the day beginning with a look at how light produces what we perceive as colour when we look at something.  This was followed by some graded exercises in tone and understanding technical terms as; hue, tints, shades, chroma and more.  We finished up the day with the students all working on a very quick study experimenting with complimentary colours.  Here is Jo’s work which came up really well.

Study using complimentary colours

Study using complimentary colours

I would like to thank everyone who made the time to come and explore  this difficult subject with me and I know it will stand you in good stead as you continue your ‘Arting’! Well done !

As I was saying last week – I think Spring is in the blood. I was given a poem this week by Shae Partridge, a young woman who has had a difficult life and is finding some measure of her creative self again in words. Here are some of her thoughts on the nature of Beauty.

The Nature of Beauty - Poem

Poem: Shae Partridge

Visual: Kadira Jennings

Well almost – it is September in a few days.  The Jasmine is flowering outside my window and filling my office with it’s heavenly perfume.  The Magnolia trees are covered in their giant maroon and white flowers and today I saw some peach trees draped in hundreds of fragile pink blossoms.

Spring always brings that delightful quickening of fresh new energy.  It is a great time for beginning new projects and casting aside the detritus of Winter.

In honour of Spring, I would like to share a video made by a good friend – Prue Kelsey.  It’s beautiful, a lovely tribute to Spring I feel.

spring from Prue Tee on Vimeo.

What will you do to celebrate Spring? What project can you bring the fresh Spring Creative energy to?

Always settle for more

An idea that’s so simple yet probably counter intuitive for many of us. These are the words of an abundance mindset.

We have been taught the values of – always put others first, and dined at the table of self sacrifice as being the highest ideal to reach for. An ironical thought springs to mind “Do unto others as we would do unto ourselves”.  Why ironical – you say? Well, if you think about it yes we do always strive to treat others well, but take a look at how we treat ourselves.  Is this how we would want to be treated?

  • Who is your harshest critic?
  • Who puts you down the most?
  • Who generally never has an encouraging word for you?
  • How many times a day, week, year, are you telling yourself off for doing ‘stupid’ things?

I could go on – the list is kind of endless. I would suggest that the answer to all those questions is probably the same person, someone who you are very well acquainted with.

When was the last time you completed a project, a painting, baked a cake etc. and thought to yourself – “Wow – that was great, what a fantastic effort”.  Not only that even if you did that, was there a little PS riding on the end of the statement that went something like – [Yeah but you could have done better, so and so – look at their one – why can’t I do one like that! etc.] And next thing you know it any self acknowledgement has gone out the window and down the drain.

If you have young children, or grand children – listen to how you encourage and praise them.  We are constantly telling them how wonderful they are – are their efforts star quality? Probably not.  Does that matter – not at all. So why do we bother? We love to give praise  to others because it makes us feel good to see them glow, to know we are helping them to grow. So my question is Why – Why can’t we do this for ourselves?

Why do we baulk at settling for more for ourselves, do you think?

It comes from a poverty mindset, the belief that there is not enough abundance to go around and therefore I must settle for less.  I don’t deserve more.  If I take, not even more, but just my share then I am depriving someone else. However if we look at the world, the universe, it is filled with abundance.  Look at Mother Nature, she is overflowing with abundance.

Abundant Mother Nature

Abundant Mother Nature

So in your abundance mindset, with gratitude in your heart, – ask your self  this question….

What is the one thing I can do today to ‘Settle For More’ ?

And then think about how that will enhance your life and the life of those around you.

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