Every day, emails land in my box announcing the new subscribers to Living A Creative Life. Whenever I have time, if a new subscriber has an email address that looks like it’s attached to an actual website (as opposed to gmail.com or yahoo.com or sbcglobal.net or whatever), I like to click through to their site to see what they’re about.*
This little exercise has shown that my subscribers are amazingly creative and talented people, doing really cool stuff. It occurred to me the other day that all of these creatives should know about each other!
So, to that end, I’m starting a new feature:
Inspiring Subscriber Showcase
As I collect cool and interesting links from new subscribers (or loyal subscribers who’ve been around for awhile, too – hint, hint), I’ll post them here. Not necessarily every week, but when I have a good handful of cool links to share, I’ll put them up.
So, without further ado, let me introduce you (in no particular order) to today’s fabulous finds!
Cecilia Power – Macrame Art Extraordinaire
Think you know macrame? That hippy, trippy hanging plant-holder craft from the 70s? I thought so too, until I saw Cecilia Power’s amazing work over at cilipower.wordpress.com. Cecilia turns knots into modern works of art.
The piece at the left is just one example – click the link above to see more.
Cecilia also writes lovely emails (did I mention I love getting email from subscribers?)
I just wanted you to know I have been reading everything you have been throwing my way… I have been checking out quite a few artists and it has been an inspiring endeavor. All in all between you and them, I’m all afire, (chuckle) and feeling hopeful.
THAT is exactly what I like to hear!
Chris Morrison – Fine Art Landscape Photography
Chris Morrison’s site, www.chrismorrison.com.au, showcases his stunning photography, including award-winning photos and a line of wide-format landscapes (like Vintgar Gorge above) that will take your breath away.
Ruth Churchman – Creating Ruth and the Felty Folk
I met Ruth when she joined my Thriving Artists Project last December. Since then, she’s created a delightful new blog, creatingruth.wordpress.com, in which she shares her beautiful crafts, and documents what goes on with the Felty Folk who live near her in Scotland and have all kinds of adventures. (That’s Dod and Neeva in the pic above, with a mushroom for dinner, and a beech nut for beech nut spread.)
Ruth does a great job of documenting projects she’s worked on, and I must confess a gigantic crush on all of the Felty Folk she’s introduced me to on her blog.
Anita Davies – Decorative Art & Jewelry
Brand new on my subscriber list this week is the talented Anita Davies, who showcases her exquisite artworks made from handmade polymer clay tiles over at raw-elements.co.uk.
Nicole Crist – Moving Life Blog
Another Thriving Artists Project member (or TAPer, as we call ourselves on the site), is the amazing Nicole Crist. Now, if you’ve read much on this blog, you know I’m a self-confessed multi-passionate. What you may not know, though, is that I once spent a year studying aerial arts at a circus school.
Alas, my time as an aerialist was short, but Nicole is the real thing – a professional “aerialista”! You can see her high-flying moves over at www.AltitudeAerials.com.
Nicole’s also a very inspiring writer, focusing on living fit, confident and creative. I highly recommend her newsletter, Moving LiveZine. Find her writing, and subscribe to her newsletter, at Moving Life Blog.
Sally Penley – Calligraphy Whiz
As a letter-lover and calligrapher/calligraphy teacher, I naturally have a soft spot in my heart for fellow calligraphers. Especially when they’re as friendly and talented as Sally Penley!
Sally’s work is top notch and varied, but with a distinct style all her own. Browse (and buy!) over at sallypenley.com. She recently emailed me pics of a glorious little alphabet book she’d created (see below), and offered to send me a list of alphabetized words to scavenge for my not-quite-daily ArtSparks. Love it!
Are my subscribers the best, or what?
That wraps up today’s dispatch. Enjoy, have a great weekend, and go get creating!
PS – Want to be included here in a future subscriber showcase? All subscribers are welcome to apply. If you’re not already a subscriber, you can sign up using the form at the upper right, then send me a link to your cool, creative stuff.
*Tip: If you’re interested in being taken seriously for your creative thing, an email address with your own domain can really help your image. Plus it makes it easier for folks like me to actually find you (and link to you) online! Just sayin’…
Gwyn Michael says
As a brand new subscriber I must say I am so glad I joined. I haven’t had a chance to really get involved yet but this feature makes me excited about my fellow TAPers!
I am in the process of re-branding and building my website and yes I do have a domain email (which I have not been using DOH).
Excited to be a part of this as I get ready to relaunch 🙂
Thank you, Melissa for sharing these awesome artists with us. So inspiring!
Melissa Dinwiddie says
@Gwyn: I’m so glad to have you as a TAPer! Please be sure to send me your URL when your site is done. 🙂
@Debra: My pleasure! I’m glad they inspired you. 🙂
Thanks for featuring my work with 5 really talented artists.It has been good to check out their sites and see more of their work.
Keep up the good work and I look forward to reading future posts.
I’m so flattered you would mention me on your blog. So glad you love the Felty Folk, I love them too 🙂 Thanks
Melissa Dinwiddie says
The Felty Folk are totally adorable! (Don’t tell them I said that.. I wouldn’t want them to be offended. You know how some people don’t like being called “cute,” etc…. ;)) So glad they let you photograph them, and share their exploits on your blog!