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Blog hop and thoughts on my work

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I’ve been invited to take part in a different kind of blog hop by my very talented creative friend Bridgeen of Cherry and Cinnamon. This is my kind of blog hop. First I’ll answer a few questions about my work and at the end of this post I’ll tag three fellow makers to do the same thing next Monday. It’s such a lovely way of finding new blogs. Make sure you pop over to Bridgeen’s blog as well. You can find her blog hop post here.Chiaki Creates - Happy Cushions WIP chiakicreates.comWhat am I working on?

I’m currently making loads of happy cushions that will soon be available in my Etsy shop. I’m also working on a couple of very exciting secret projects (I can’t wait until I’m able to tell you all about them!) as well as a new line of products that will soon be available in a couple of carefully selected shops. I’m focusing on sewing, crocheting, drawing and writing at the moment.Sixties Vintage Fabric Bright Rainbow Pom-Pom Tassel Scarf by Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.comHow does my work differ from others of its genre?

What a difficult question! I get a lot of compliments about my colour palette so I guess that’s one thing that makes my work stand out. I would hope that the combination of my Scandinavian roots and my passion for the swinging 60s, the vibrant 70s and Japanese crafts makes my work unique as well.Danish Vintage Fabric Circular Handles Bag by Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.comWhy do I write/create what I do?

­Most of you probably know by now that writing and creating have always been my way of self-treating depression and anxiety. In other words, it keeps me sane. I’m very emotionally driven and I think that comes through in my work. It’s the reason why I don’t like making many of the same piece and in that sense I’m very much an artist. You can never recreate the exact same conditions so when I’m no longer in that particular state of mind, I simply cannot make any more of that particular piece. My work (and personal style) has changed radically over the years. At art school I would make things like a bra out of barbed wire and a crinoline out of transparent plastic with vertical rows of pockets with Polaroid photos of naked women. I had a lot to say about female oppression. As an art student my work was very dark, and often poetic I might add, but nowadays I’m in a much happier place and so I channel all my emotions into colourful, happy creations instead.Chiaki Creates - Sunny Granny Stripes chiakicreates.comHow does my writing/creating process work?

Most of my ideas come to me at night and I’ve always been much more productive in the evenings. I’m very organised and I like keeping my workspace tidy at all times, even when I’m in the middle of creating something. I always listen to music and drink copious amounts of green tea when I’m working. I tend to plan my designs thoroughly before I start making them but of course that doesn’t mean that things never go wrong. Oddly, when it comes to writing I don’t plan anything beforehand at all. When I get an idea I just start writing straight away and let it all come out. Writing is easier for me than creating because I find it much easier to perfect words.Hand-printed Retro Sixties Floral Pom Pom Tassel Tote Bag by Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.comNow I would like to introduce you to three lovely creative ladies.

Jess of Jessthetics
A Philosophy graduate, vegetarian, environmentalist and feminist with a passion for making things. Jess is a fellow 70s lover and her style is unique and loads of fun. She recently opened an Etsy shop where she sells her sustainable handmade clothes.
Etsy shop

Ruth of Blue Eggs and Tea
A writer, by day academic, geologist, feminist and illustrator with a great eye for colour and a focus on birds. Ruth’s writing is absolutely wonderful and she draws the cutest birds. She sells her illustrations, prints and jewellery on Etsy and on Not On The High Street. I love that a portion of some prints go to charity.
Etsy shop
NOTHS shop

Kim of What Peggy Said
An llustrator, by day primary school teacher, vintage lover and fellow colourful crocheter. Like me, Kim is a former art student with loads of different creative outlets – sewing, designing and painting to name a few. She sells custom digital designs, illustrations and blog add-ons in her Etsy shop but she specialises in custom orders.
Etsy shop

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11 thoughts on “Blog hop and thoughts on my work

  1. This was a great read, I’m glad you participated in this blog hop! I don’t read any of those blogs but I’m going to go check them out!

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  3. Always lovely to hear more about what makes you tick! I’m so please you decided to take part. Nice to check out some new to me blogs too. I’m looking forwards to hearing more about your ‘secret projects’ in time. b.x

    • Thank you so much for inviting me! I’ve been finding loads of new blogs through it. I can’t wait to tell you all about my secret projects, although you do already know a bit. :) I received my train tickets to Birmingham this morning and I really can’t wait for our little adventure. It’s going to be so lovely to see you again, my dear! xx

  4. This is such a neat blog hop! I loved reading your answers & I’d love to see your school art projects on your blog sometime — they sound really neat!

    • It is great, isn’t it! This is most definitely my kind of blog hop. Thank you so much, my dear! Oh that would be such a fun thing to do! My mum has kept quite a few of them so I might just take some photos of them next time I’m visiting her in Sweden. :)
      I was going to tweet you that I watched Petulia last night. I loved it (and Julie’s outfits!) and I was surprised by how emotionally involved I got. It was really sad and touching yet funny and sweet. Julie Christie is such a fantastic actress!

  5. I loved reading your answers. Thanks for asking me to take part Chiaki! You art school work does sound really interesting, and so different to what you do now. I also did some more angsty artwork when I was doing fine art at school. I can’t wait to check out the other blogs, they sound lovely :) xx

    • Thank you so much, my lovely! You’re most welcome. I know, it’s the complete opposite of what I do now. Isn’t great that we all grow and change and evolve during our lives. It totally makes sense that you did more angsty artwork as well. We’re both women who speak up. :) I can’t wait to read your post on Monday! xx

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