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.