Today, as part of The Messy Room Moondancing Muse Series, we are dancing to the moon and back with Renaissance-minded adventurer of all things creative, April Hughes of Prilli’s Pastimes – the Facebook page and Etsy shop where she currently dabbles in dangling and jingly wire-wrapped delights that are adorably adorn-able. She is also May’s facilitating muse, Clio, in A Mused Community’s 2016 Creativity Challenges (they are using my book, Moondancing, as a guide – woohoo) as well as a weekly contributing muse for Muses of Art & Soul on Facebook.
April enjoys wire work, beading, cross stitch, knitting, and making hanging sculpture type thingies. So, before we get too “wrapped up” here, lets jump in and find out what makes this muse tick.
Okay, April, lets get started with a quick warm-up …
Do you make your bed in the morning?
I’ve always contended that I was only going to mess it up again in a few hours, so why spend the energy? It seems like an act in futility. So no, I don’t make my bed.
What is the title of your autobiography?
She Lived. Or maybe, She Experienced.
If a sandwich were named after you what would be in it?
It would be a flavor of the day sandwich, whatever struck the fancy of the one making it. And maybe even, sometimes, things you wouldn’t think would go together but actually do and do well.
Cookie, cake, pie or donut?
Yes. Yes, please.
If you could dance under the moon anywhere in the world where would that be and what would you wear?
I’d have to say my own yard. It would mean I have the privacy to do so and access to it at any time I felt like dancing. As for wear, either nothing at all (hence the privacy) or something flow-y and white, so it would glow in the moonlight.
Now, describe your creative work style using one of these patterns: Paisley. Polka dot. Stripes. Checks.
I’d have to say paisley. The others seem far too orderly to describe what I do.
Is your work style the same with day-to-day stuff? If not, what pattern are you then?
Day-to-day, I tend to be a lot more methodical, so I’d say stripes. Straight and pointed toward an end.
How about a favorite quote?
“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” – Vincent van Gogh
So we can all put some good moon-mojo on it; what’s your Moondancing dream this year?
I just recently read a book by Barbara Sher called “Refuse to Choose!” and discovered that I am what she calls a Scanner (another author calls it a Renaissance mind). My Moondance Dream for this year is to figure out what my Reward and Duration attributes are and be able to embrace the reality of the way my mind works. And above all other things, find a way to do that and make money at the same time. A life constructed around my amateur mind would really be a life! And did you know that one of the definitions of amateur is “devotee, admirer”? I like that.
How do you approach a new project or idea?
I tend to just do it. I try to come up with how it might be done with the stuff I have on hand. If it’s a proof of concept and I don’t like how it comes out, I don’t want to have spent a lot of money to find out. And I find that if I just do it, I learn a lot about how my process needs to change in order to get close to the idea I have in mind. And sometimes I learn I need to wait for the tools and materials I need to come to my awareness.
Where or how do you get your inspiration?
I’ve come to understand that I spend my days with my artist looking out through my eyes (sometimes making it hard to drive), so things are beautiful that others overlook or have a judgment about. But usually, I pick up a material and wonder “what could I do with this” and it won’t be long before an idea comes to me.
What do you do when in a creative dry spell?
I create anyway. Even if it’s something that won’t go anywhere. The point for me is the creative habit. So most of the time it’s not even in the medium I usually use. Those times open new doors for me to grow as an artist.
Have you always created or are you a late bloomer?
I consider myself a late bloomer. I’ve wanted to be an artist and dabbled in all sorts of stuff my whole life, but it’s been only recently I’ve made a concerted effort to make this art thing my reality. Accepted what I’ve denied myself for so long and allowed that part of me to have a real voice.
What informs your subject matter?
Right now, I’m using metal and resin to create pendants. The images I’ve created are simple because of my medium, but powerful because they usually have totemic meaning that speaks to people. Many of those images are nature based. I can’t really say I have favorites from the image but when a patina, something I have no control over, turns out interesting, I really like those. But I say “right now” because I am always exploring new avenues for expression and you never know what I might be trying my hand at. (Be watching for wooden geared clocks.)
Being that this IS the Musings from the Messy Room, you have to tell us about your creative space.
Oh my… Umm. It’s messy. I’m usually trying three or four things at a time, so instead of putting anything away, I tend to push stuff around until I have enough room to do my latest idea. It’s when stuff starts falling over that I tidy things. Of course, it’s never long before stuff is back out again… And I’m always looking for ways to use my scraps and stuff, so it seems like I never throw anything away. So. Yeah. Messy.
Now, for the Grand Moondancing Finale, April!
How does your muse speak to you? Your creative ideas come about for you? What inspires you the most about your vision for them? Where do you see yourself going with this in your own creative process?
Clio is all about history. She comes to me at a time when I’m looking at my history as the hero’s ballad, the sh-tuff that I’ve gone through to get to who I am right now. She encourages me to look at my history, not as a list of excuses, but as everything I needed at that time. Yeah. I know. Needed seems like a terrible choice of words, especially when thinking about the really, really (REALLY) hard stuff. But that is the tale of a hero, right? Someone who walked through fire because the only way out was through. I am the hero of my story, and I’d rather it was triumph not tragedy. And she reminds me that history isn’t good or bad, it is, like anything, what we make of it and painted by our perspective. She encourages me not to turn away from it, but to understand it, to celebrate it. I don’t know where my creative expression will take me, but my hope is that it will be the truest expression of which I’m capable and that it will include where I came from in some form or fashion.
I’m April. I’m a Scanner or Renaissance Mind. I aspire to using my mind in the ways of Leonardo Da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, and Maya Angelou. I started my professional life writing computer programs for businesses, went back to school majoring in chemistry and math, then tried massage therapy, and now am creating art. I love language and started and finished a book for NaNoWriMo. I have many loves and fascinations, so you never know what I may be engrossed in at any time. One thing you CAN be sure of; I will be having a good time!
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Absolutely identify with your scanner spirit April and I think others will too! Your energy feels right at home in my messy room. And I didn’t even have to clean up.
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