Hello, everybody. Hope you are feeling joyful and colorful and playful today, because I have a lovely visitor that for me is all that three in one. And even if you are not that joyful and colorful and playful today, get ready to have it all rub on to you from Renate, the two hands and one soul behind Kreativlink, a beautiful shop selling handbound and handpainted journals. If you’re new around here, let me just tell you handmade journals are one of my soft spots, so there’s no surprise I find myself browsing Renate’s shop from time to time, daydreaming over her designs. Oh, and she also created amazing illustrations, really amazing illustrations.
Enough with the introductions already, let’s see what her creative business taught Renate about talent and creativity.
My name is Renate Ikinger. Born (1966) and raised in Austria, Europe. Well, I’m still here but often I’m dreaming about migrating, living in a little house by the sea … I’m only waiting for the lottery win! I’m a self-employed full time crafter. Making my books is what I really love and hopefully will do for a long time to come.
What is talent? What is creativity?
I think that’s two completely different things. Most of us have talent for something. Like my uncle, he’s one with “golden hands” as we say it here. He can repair all sort of things. It comes to him easily. He will, for example repair, your toaster. But never would he think about taking the toaster apart to build a fancy robot with the parts. That would be creativity in my eyes. To build something that hasn’t been here before. Creativity is to create something.
Does creativity need limits?
No. Why should it? If you set limits, you will never know what you could reach. I think I don’t understand the question …
How do you fuel your creativity?
With dreaming mostly. With thinking crazy thoughts, with looking at the world and it’s people and other creatures, with asking others and myself annoying questions. The more I think about it, the more I come to the conclusion that I fuel my creativity when I let the child in me take over. 🙂
What do you need to create?
To create I need my mind. To actually make things, well, that’s a different thing. Lots of supplies. Best would be even more supplies. And did I mention supplies?
What is your advice for people who (try to) create?
Don’t be afraid I’d say. Be brave. Go wild and crazy, try different things, have fun! Mostly it’s about enjoying the process because, well, the results may not always be what you have hoped for … at least, that’s the experience I made. You have to be brave, but don’t worry, you still have that curious, fearless child in you! Go and set it free 🙂
Hope you enjoyed Renate’s visit as much as I did. If you want to know more about her or follow her work, you can find her on Etsy, Facebook or her blog or website, always joyfully and colorfully creating beautiful handmade journals.