Each month, Miranda van den Heuvel talks to creative people in Luxembourg and says “look, Luxembourg is creative! Here’s how and where!” The October talk is with Nati “Little Things” Deniff-Jones.
1. What is CREATIVITY?
Creativity is when you think… would this really work? And then you give it a try! It is letting that little crazy idea start to flow, and be open to the possibility to explore what you might come up with!
2. How are you creative?
Since I was little, my mum encouraged me to be creative. We would always make hand made gifts for birthdays and special occasions at home. I also spent a lot of time with my grandmother who was always cooking, baking, sewing, knitting and making things for people she loved.
And that is what I do as well. I like making things, especially embroidery, sewing, knitting and crocheting, creating items that I know will put a smile on someone else’s face. And I share the creative things I do on my blog Nati’s Little Things.
I started my blog over a year ago, and slowly I have found new things I like to do, like writing patterns and tutorials, some offered as freebies and some for a small fee over at my shop. Through my blog, I also participate in and organize charity events, and last year we made more than 15 quilts and blankets.
And recently I launched my new embroidery pattern line, in which the designs are presented to encourage people to be creative and experiment with the tools provided, to make a their own unique design. They are easy-to-follow patterns with links to many resources, for any level of embroidery skills.
3. Suggest a simple creative activity to our readers that can make them more creative
Get inspired and just get started! Who cares, just give it a try!
Maybe start small by buying a kit, or downloading a pattern or tutorial so you don’t feel alone in the task… and don’t worry about the end result, the process is what counts to get the creative energy flowing.
4. What are your top 3 websites for creative inspiration?
I try to avoid as much as I can browsing for inspiration, as I feel I run the risk of making something too much like something else I’ve just seen. But I cannot help myself using:
- Pinterest. There is so much out there to be seen, it is a great source.
- Craftsy.com. It offers online classes with many free mini classes and independent artists, like me, can have pattern shops there as well (mine is here!).
- And finally I use Bloglovin.com. It is basically a reader page, you set up and “collect” all the blogs you like there. It allows you to follow and get updates on your favorite blogs as well as browse for new ones.
5. What are your 3 tips to become more creative in Luxembourg?
I love visiting museums, the MUDAM has been a huge source of inspiration for me. Recently I made an embroidery piece inspired by a plate I saw at the MUDAM coffee shop (link to the blog post here).
There are also many classes on offer in Luxembourg for adults. Although the offer decreases when there are language barriers, I still managed to find a few that were great. Just browse around and join one that you like, and set yourself a challenge for the year! Mine is sewing my own clothes.
And finally – ask your friends! There are lots of people who have skills or are looking to join a group. If you can’t find one, just try starting one and invite the creative people you know to share their skills.
6. What’s your suggestion to make Luxembourg a more creative, innovative place?
The more I look, the more I see creativity all around in Luxembourg. And there are lots of people that are open to promoting it – my last art purchase was a huge painting I bought at a coffee shop. I would say we should all share more what we do, either through a blog, with your friends, on social sites etc. And then support others who do the same, by attending their events, purchasing creative items and promoting the things you like.
7. Who, in Luxembourg, should we interview next?
My drawing class teacher, Jean Davey.
8. Anything you’d like to add?
Starting from scratch may feel like quite a task, but taking small steps can be the path to a whole new creative side you haven’t discovered yet!
Nati Deniff-Jones, interviewed by Miranda van den Heuvel, October 2013