Rosanne's 365 Days of Creativity

Rosanne Hansen in Darwin, Minnesota is making 365 Days of Creativity...


Why did you decide to do this project?
When shopping After-Christmas Sales at the mall, I saw the book 365: A Daily Creativity Journal on display at a used bookstore. The title intrigued me, so I went in and flipped through it. I remember thinking “This is pretty cool! I should do this.” So, I bought the book and I began my journey on January 1st, 2016 as my New Year’s Resolution to make more art.

I am an art teacher and I found myself constantly making art as lesson examples, but I rarely making my own art. I decided this would be a great way to get back to creating art. I began without any specific theme, but I seem to be making a lot of flowers.

Before starting, I read the tip to share your projects. I made a photo album on my Facebook page so I could share my projects with family and friends. I am glad I did, because some days it is hard to be motivated to make something. Then, I remember all of the likes and comments, both online and person, that I have received and I find the strength to keep going. I even had someone text me at 11:30 one night asking where was my daily project. I was just finishing it and getting ready to post.

How has doing a yearlong/daily project affected your life?  Since beginning this yearlong journey, I’ve found myself exploring many new materials and processes. Some projects, such as book folding (Day 2) and working with polymer clay (Days 20 and 76), I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but never found the time to do it. While other projects, such as knitting with plarn (plastic yarn) (Day 57), I would have never thought to explore.

I’ve found that my creativity inspires others as well. For example, I was working on my noodle collage (Day 49) at an art club that I lead after school once a week. My elementary age students thought it was so cool that they begged to join in on the fun. So after altering the lesson for that day so that they could make a mini collages, I bought more noodles so that they would make larger collages the next week.

See all of Rosanne's creations HERE




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