Novelist Holly Lisle is no stranger to creative setbacks.
The worst came after she discovered her ex-husband was a child molester and she went on medication to deal with the resulting depression. “Prozac completely killed my ability to write,” she remembers. The publishing industry wasn’t particularly kind, either. Photo by Alextype, Adobe Stock.
A few months ago, David Sherry was stuck. The photographer and co-founder of Death to the Stock Photo says he felt like he was “making sequels instead of originals.” Photo courtesy of David Sherry.
On a September day, a flamenco dance teacher arrived for a month-long storytelling workshop, a pilot for Ron Bunzl’s project CIRC/US, only to find her own former dance instructor, the one whose classes she’d left with abiding body shame and corrosive self-doubt, was a fellow participant.
Loes Heerink graduated at a bad time. She got a Bachelor’s in Communications in 2011, when the industry in the Netherlands was tanking and senior people were losing their jobs. But, as is often the case, what looked like bad luck actually wasn’t.
Most people don’t see mint tins, clothing patterns, and calculators as art supplies, but Elaine Luther does. Everyday items are prominent in her work. There’s a reason.
Tina Bridgman knows how to make art when it looks impossible: she plays guitar with one hand. Here are her tips for squashing doubt to make beautiful stuff. Photo: Courtesy of Tina Bridgman.
An education in the arts might teach you how to make things, but it probably won’t teach you how to sell them. Ania Witwitzka learned how, and now, so can you. Featured Image: “The Sun in My Eyes” by Ania Witwitzka.
Near the end of her time as an art student in the United Kingdom, Ania Witwitzka had an emotional collapse that sent her to back the deep woods of her native Sweden to reevaluate her life. It was the culmination of a creative struggle that began when she was 10, painting wooden jewellery at an after-school centre. Featured image: Painting by Ania Witwitzka.
Julianne Chapple’s performances are electric, which makes it surprising she deals with social anxiety and self-consciousness on a regular basis. That is until you consider perhaps those things are what lend her dancing such high voltage. Photo courtesy of Julianne Chapple.
With the release of Gong’s latest album, Rejoice! I’m Dead!, bassist Dave Sturt knew his band was out on a limb. Gong has gone through 11 official incarnations since it began in a French commune in 1967. Both the band’s co-founders, Daevid Allen and Gilli Smyth, died in the last year and a half, and the current lineup contains none of the original members. The first song on the album, a hard rock tune laden with vocal harmonies, sounds different from anything the group has done. And yet audiences have responded to Rejoice! I’m Dead! with renewed fervour.