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Hey there! My name is Megan and I'm the sewing, pattern making girl behind Dolly Henry. This is my blog, where I share my own creative adventures and hope to meet fellow fabric enthusiasts. I also design and sell sewing patterns through my online boutique, alongside a beautiful collection of clothing and dolls. Thank you for stopping by!

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Thoughts on the Creative Perspective


It's dolls, and fabric, and sewing all around here as I get ready to launch the Dolly Henry collection at the Brisbane Finders Keepers next month! It's just over a month now until I hit the road with Hazel and all the other Dolly Henry pieces and I am certain time is going faster than I need or want it to!

I won't lie, this has been a big challenge getting ready for such a big event, and I have been so appreciative of my family members who are helping me work towards my goal. I wouldn't be able to do it without them. The days are long, and there are a million things to organize, tick off and get done. It's been good to stretch my creativity - that muscle has certainly been having a work out!

When you spend day in, day out producing pieces, running long lists and ordering lots of fabric, supplies and marketing collateral it becomes quite obvious how much hard work goes into the day to day running of a creative business. It's a tough slog.

When I finally set up the stall in June, I am not sure everyone will be able to see the months of work that has gone into making it all happen. I feel like we are quite removed from process these days, and lack the ability to really contemplate the creative journey, years of practice and effort it takes to the final product we see in front of us. 

I thought this a little while ago while looking at a beautiful photo of a beautiful butterfly that was for sale at a gallery. It seems unlikely that the photographer will get the asking price for the photo (I heard some people arguing about it!) and true enough, at a glance the photo is quite like any crisp, clear image of a butterfly you will see on postcards, calendars and google searches. But if you take a moment of consideration and thought, that photo of the butterfly meant more to the photographer who took it. They had to go to that place, find a butterfly that was sitting still and capture its intricate detailing using skills they have no doubt built up over many many many hours of trial and error.

While the photo may look like a standard stock image, it takes a bit more thought to realize that that photograph would represent a moment of triumph for the person who captured it. They might have been trying for a long time to take a photo that had so much clarity. It is because we are so inundated with images on a daily basis that the eyes glaze over and fail to see the photograph for the work of art that it is. I feel like so much is like that now. 

That is why as artists and creatives, we need to take the skills we have honed so carefully and create things that are truly unique, and tell a story. We need to not only be able to produce something good, that we feel is a wonderful example of all we have achieved and reached for, but something that speaks to people and makes them feel something.

The items you make now might not take very long, and might be done with relative ease to you, but you yourself know how many years, hours and tears went into making you the creative you are today. Those skills were hard won and it can be easy to be dismissive of ourselves. To fail to tell the story properly or think that people aren't listening.

However, as our senses become more dulled to new and beautiful things, as our eyes become used to seeing quite spectacular creations every single day through our screens, and as we grow more used to being removed from the process that created the item we hold in our hands, it becomes more important than ever to tell the story behind the work. 

Only then will people understand why what you have made is more than what we initally see.
Why handmade, created, drawn, painted or photographed items have a bigger story for those who look beyond the surface.

Megan x





2 comments

  1. I hope that all your hard work and labors of love pay off for you! You make beautiful treasures and I know there are many people that will appreciate the time and love that each piece is created with.

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