Thursday, November 10, 2011

Why do you create?

Ever since my craftiness (nerdiness, or whatever you want to call it) was revealed to everyone I know with the Houston Chronicle article I have been asked several times why I like to quilt, why I like crafting, why I like being creative. 


I have had several answers and no answers all at the same time.  I just boiled it down to this generic "because I like it".  Can we same LAME.  I just can't seem to come up with a concise, meaningful answer to any of these questions. 

Into Wonderland

One of my favorite photographers, Zhang Jingna, whose work I have followed for years, was able to sum it up for me perfectly.

"I pursue a beauty that to me makes being alive more bearable even if just for a little while.  This is the reason I create."

Her works (as seen all throughout this post) is a true testament to that powerful statement.
 The Haunting.

So tell me, why do you do what you do?  Why do you risk cricks in your neck from hours over a sewing machine or hand work, why do you risk cuting off fingers with a rotary cutter, why do you risk sleep deprivation trying to create an entire quilt in 2 days because someone asks for a baby quilt at the last minute??

Buried Memories

Why do you create?


  1. I sew to express myself. To give a piece of myself to the recipient. To push myself to try new things. To stretch my creativity. But mainly because I love it.

  2. I create/quilt because I HAVE to. If I didn't I think I would burst into a billion little pieces.

  3. Bry, I love this post! And the question is one that is both simple and impossible to answer. I feel driven to create. And I am a nicer person for it--just ask my husband!