Each month, Miranda van den Heuvel talks to creative people in Luxembourg and says “look, Luxembourg is creative! Here’s how and where!” The February talk is with handicraftswoman and blogger Frédérique Theisen
1. What is CREATIVITY?
I do like the definition found on Wikipedia for creativity: a phenomenon whereby something new and in some way valuable is created (such as an idea, a joke, a literary work, painting or musical composition, a solution, an invention etc.). Creativity can also be defined as “the process of producing something that is both original and worthwhile” or “characterized by originality, expressiveness and imagination”.
2. How are you creative?
I like all kinds of DIY projects and have recently discovered that I love sewing. I sew a lot of stuff for kids: Soft toys, funny pillows, t-shirts and skirts, hats and loop sets, personalized baby blankets, reversible baby kimonos, bibs, etc. As well as aprons, clutches, loops, scarves and pillows for adults. You can have a look at my little home made treasures here.
I also love to craft with paper, like creating your own Xmas cards or photo frames, and I have baked a lot of cake pops and organized cake pop workshops.
3. Suggest a simple creative activity to our readers that can make them more creative
Take the time to see the world around in your own way and contemplate on what you see, and you will discover creativity everywhere – in nature, buildings, people…
4. What are your top 3 websites for creative inspiration?
Well, that’s a difficult one! I do surf a lot to get inspiration, and there are so many, but I’d say the most important ones are:
And then all those fantastic blogs from all the creative people all over the world!
5. What are your 3 tips to become more creative in Luxembourg?
Check the exhibitions and especially the workshops at the Mudam and the Casino Luxembourg, and keep an eye on 1535°C – the burning network for creative people in Differdange – their aim is to develop a center of creativity combining artistic creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship in the creative industries.
Then look out for the Lët’z Go Local markets. This initiative is looking to increase the visibility of local products, design and services by offering a platform where consumers can get to know them. It’s always nice to see and to meet the local creators at those markets.
Become a member of Design Friends, a non-profit association gathering people who are interested in design and creation, whether graphic or not. They propose conferences, evenings and events focused on creativity.
6. What’s your suggestion to make Luxembourg a more creative, innovative place?
It would be great if there could be more spaces like the 1535°C in Differdange throughout the country!
7. Anything you’d like to add?
Everybody can be creative; you just have to try!
Frédérique Theisen, interviewed by Miranda van den Heuvel, February 2015