The 3 Myths About Creativity And How To Build Yours – Eco Fashion Sewing

The 3 Myths About Creativity And How To Build Yours

Do you love sewing and clothing, but struggle from those big, misleading myths about creativity? Have you ever thought you are not creative? If yes and yes, then this episode of the podcast The Art Of Refashioning is a must for you!

If you need inspiration and design ideas check Ep. 2 of the podcast for the top three FREE resources for refashioning ideas. It has links to the resources and links to some of my favourite upcycled clothing artists on Etsy.

Myths About Creativity

In today’s episode we reveal main myths about creativity in relation to clothing upcycling: 

  • We unravel the top three myths about creativity and finally end up the misconception that you’re not creative (which so many have shared with me, and I personally have struggled with for so many years!).
  • I give you my best three tips to build up your refashioning creativity despite you might be still thinking “I’m not creative”.

Listen to episode #3:

The 3 Myths About Creativity And How To Build Yours

Or listen on the podcast page HERE.

Some highlights inside this episode:

03:20 – The reality of how many of us think “I’m not creative”. Do you recognise yourself? If yes, then this episode is a must for you.

4:30 – My story of struggling by not feeling creative and how I ended up creating a unique upcycled collection.

The 3 Myths About Creativity (and the truth behind them)

6:47 – The first myth about creativity: Creativity is a gift, a trait or a talent you are born with

7:45 – What really is creativity and in particular what is it in relation to refashioning

10:10 – The second myth about creativity: It is all about the “A-HA” moment

11:50 – How to get to the pick of the creative moment and create

15:00 – What is the big takeaway from the second myth

15:20 – The third myth about creativity: Creativity is free experimentation and your own unique findings

17:20 – Here I reveal my big secret (pssst, keep it just between us two!) ;)

18:40 – The truth behind the third myth when it comes to refashioning

What Is Creativity And Its Levels Of Involvement

19:17 – Are you creative? (check the episode for the answer)

20:20 – What are the two components of creativity and the process of making

23:30 – More about the different levels of interest in creativity according Dr. Nicola Smith, from the book Slow Clothing: Finding meaning in what we wear by Jane Milburn. In addition, how these levels refer to refashioning.

27:30 – Why and how this system explains the emotional side of refashioning

Knowing The Myths About Creativity, Now It's Time To Build Your Own

30:00 – My first tip to build up your creativity: Identify negative thoughts, stumbling blocks and anything that stops you from doing the next step, whatever it is.

33:00 – Watch out for this kind of stumbling blocks, too

34:45 – The second tip: Do the doing. What kind of actions we talk about when it comes to refashioning? Why this is important.

36:45 – My third tip: Start at whatever stage you are at the moment. What is the bear minimum to start with? Why you don’t need too much experience to refashion. Some examples for those who are new to upcycling.

40:00 – What are the challenges if you are dressmaker or hobby seamstress. How to approach refashioning if you struggle from the myths about creativity and think you are not creative.

42:30 – What’s next?

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Your Host

The host of The Art Of Refashioning and ep. 3 The Myths About Creativity

As a fashion graduate and sewing professional with several years bridal and alteration experience, Mariana Kirova is passionate about quality one-off upcycles.

She loves sharing her findings, observations and upcycling ideas with like-minded aspiring creatives.

It's time not only to start recycling those castoffs and add unique clothing pieces to your wardrobe. To enjoy it, you need to immerse into the making process. Once you feel the deep satisfaction of creating one-offs of your own, you'll never look back to retail!

At the end, the more people who can sew start upcycling clothing already in circulation - the less valuable textiles will end up in landfill, right?

Mariana Kirova

Mariana is passionate about garment upcycling and helping others making their own upcycled clothing. Graduated with Award in garment construction from WAIFT, Perth WA, Mariana is not a main stream eco fashion designer. She makes unique eco-friendly garments from unwanted clothes and materials and believes that small fashion professionals and DIY sewers can embrace sustainability in garment creation, thus changing the fashion world for good.

  • Karlyn Rombalski says:

    Thank you for the shout out Mariana- you totally caught me off guard at minute 10:40 ! I enjoyed this podcast and look forward to your additional upcoming episodes!

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