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Moondancing with April Hughes of Prilli’s Pastimes

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Moondancing April Hughes Banner 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.
  Moondancing April Hughes Fireworks 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. Moondancing April Hughes Prillis Pastimes 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. Moondancing April Hughes Studio

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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. Moondancing April Hughes Bio     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!   Moondancing April Hughes Shop Prillis Pastimes     Some links for following April's dance: Click for Prilli's Pastimes on Facebook Click for Prilli's Pastimes on Scott's Marketplace Click for Prilli's Pastimes on Etsy     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. Click here for Moondancing book info Moondancing Mikey the Messy Room Kitty If you like this post, then please LIKE and SHARE because together we grow a better world! And be sure to SUBSCRIBE to my Messy Room for more muse inspirations to come!    

Visual Storytelling: She Pitched Her Tie and Put on Pearls

Mixed Media Art, She Pitched Her Tie and Put on Pearls by Bernadette Rose Smith A string of pearls with the affirming message, “Today is the day to find courage within,” lightly dance around the tail of a man’s tie like the wave of the Chinese symbol for yin and yang. The oyster with its soft, sensitive body, not unlike a woman’s, creates a pearl when challenged by the irritation and discomfort of a grain of sand or grit. Wisdom that comes from life experience is hard won in the same way pearls are created. “Pearls of wisdom” dance around a woman’s throat from where she gives voice to hard won opalescent experiences of sacred passion, desire, being, creativity and so much more.   What happens when a woman wears a tie or puts on pearls? As women – single, married, divorced – how do we maintain balance with bringing home the bacon and frying it? My desire with Ties and Pearls was to create a piece that spoke to the invisible partnering of the male and female in each of us, and how that manifests in our relationships in a visually appealing way. The archetypal power struggle that happens when masculine and feminine energies within us are out of balance (Jung referred to it as the anima and animus) is the inspiration for this art that mused its way into my studio with this passage from that book I am tearing up.   "I see where my husband became my life, rather than came to be in my life. Somehow I deluded myself into thinking that I was strong enough not to lose myself in him. That I would know if I crossed the line. How did I get so far over it? How? I spent too many years carrying on like a man. My own distorted spin on the women’s liberation bra burning era I grew up in.... As a woman, safety in a man’s world required liberation from myself. What a paradox! The inner male I took on for strength was the one leading me astray. The very behavior I despised in a man who could not honor, recognize, or value a woman was the very behavior I supported when my male side shadowed my female side...When I let “him” lead, I am chasing my shadow, going nowhere fast. Did I lose myself in what I felt driven to, or find myself? I don’t regret for a minute letting the woman in me take the lead ... I don’t regret the time I’ve taken to get to know her, to learn to trust her. She has the map to my psyche. The wisdom and strength I need to hold true to my soul’s calling. And through all of this she is showing me how to give of myself without giving up myself. Better for my inner male to provide the fuel and momentum under her direction and inspiration. That way they both arrive at a place they actually want to be. A much healthier arrangement!” Excerpt from Bernadette’s Pages: An Intimate Crossroad   This was a big classroom for me. My need to find balance and create a safe space for expression as a woman wearing pearls found its way into many journal entries through the course of that 9-month period of separation-on-the-brink-of-divorce ... and beyond. While musing over this art, my desire was to create a light visual for a heavy topic. From a distance, I wanted this to be simple and graphic. (Yang/Masculine) Up close, I wanted the layers to reveal themselves slowly, to entice the viewer into more intimate discoveries. (Yin/Feminine) In the struggle to find a balance, puzzle-pieced together text creates a man’s stark white dress shirt squared off against the inviting curve of a woman’s red bra. Background, created by text collage, represents the boundless body of a woman and the content of her experience. She Pitched Her Tie and Put on Pearls by Bernadette Rose Smith So many rich layers of metaphors spoke to me while playing with this. Here are just a few, captured with images and captions to springboard you into entertaining your own thoughts about this subject. Mixed Media Art, She Pitched Her Tie and Put on Pearls by Bernadette Rose Smith, Close Up of Pearls   The straight angular tie is cast off and almost phallic. (Something I didn’t notice until later.) It is the only piece of the art where text was not the substrate used to make its form. Gold thread and striped text whisper to challenges in breaking free of choking restraints A string of pearls, with their affirming message, lightly dance around tail of a man’s tie. Balanced, at last, like the wave of the Chinese symbol for yin and yang. Mixed Media Art, She Pitched Her Tie and Put on Pearls by Bernadette Rose Smith, Tie and Dancing Pearls Chinese characters for peace and joy (alternate corners) provide a foundation for moving forward when the male and female at last dance in harmony. Every woman has her story in relationship to ties and pearls. (Gentlemen, I invite you to consider your side of the fence with this because you have a relationship with ties and pearls as well.) I would love to hear about them! Are they working? Not working? In for revisions? And, if you are a creative-type, how do feel you about using your chosen craft as a way to see an aspect of yourself or life differently – or perhaps more lightly?  

#5 from the series “Tear Up that Book and Make Art.” Prints available in the Messy Room Art Gallery (Under Construction) If you are interested in a print, Contact me.

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