'My Creative Life' is a collection of imagery and words from renowned textile artist Michelle Mischkulnig. Filled with colour, this book is sure to inspire existing fans of Michelle's work, as well as creatives experiencing it for the first time. Immerse yourself in 80+ full colour A4 pages, published in hardback form, filled with beautiful images of Michelle's work, as well as her own words of inspiration. But enough of the technical stuff, here's what Michelle has to say about her book.
I have pleased myself for many years in my creative life and am passionate about all that I create. 'My Creative Life' is a book about my art life. It is filled with images that resonate with my joy at being able to wake each day with the knowledge that a creative day lays ahead. It is a gift to inspire and to be inspired.
'My Creative Life' is full of inspirational images of my textile art works, as well as words about the magic that surrounds the everyday. I want to share with the reader my passion for textile art.
I am inspired by places I have been, the colours, the textures, and the emotion, as well as places I wish to visit. Feeling their rhythm, getting drawn to their conversation, and being enthralled by their colour and texture. It is the everyday that holds the beauty and inspiration. Watching the seasons change, listening and laughing with friends and family, the roar of the ocean. I hope to convey with colour and movement, how I respond emotionally to these experiences. My textile artwork is not an accurate or literal depiction, it is how I feel it in my heart, how I am moved, what makes me smile. All my textile artwork comes from my heart, head and hand.
When I am creating I love to use hand dyed fibres and silks, found objects and collected treasures. I layer, tear, fold, stitch, paint, allowing my sewing machine to dance across the surface and pull all the elements together.
Most often the initial design idea I have started with is not where I finish. I find the spontaneity of working with textiles mesmerising, a simple drape, or fold of fabric, can send me off in a new direction. The way fabric tears, paper folds, or gold buff illuminates, can change my whole perspective. I do not like to procrastinate over colour or perfection. I am lucky that colour is intuitive for me. What you create should not have to fit into rules and expectations, it should tell your story and speak to the viewer.
I have a passion for the garden, leaves, the beach and old city doors. All these things tell stories and hold strength and secrets. I have recently started teaching, and as teacher my goal is to inspire my students to make them passionate with the use of colour and texture instead of searching for the perfect stitch length or even colour, because life is not perfect. Why do we stress over our art works to be perfect? Life is a rhythm of ups and downs, patterns of joy and sadness, of hope and new beginnings. What you create should not have to fit into rules and expectations, it should tell your story and speak to the viewer.
My favourite quote, which is painted on my studio wall, is taken from a book by Roald Dahl, and I strongly believe in its message. I will share it with you in the hope that you carry into your creative life.
'And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.'
Reward - My Creative Life - Book
'My Creative Life' is a collection of imagery and words from textile artist Michelle Mischkulnig. Filled with colour, this book is sure to inspire existing fans of Michelle's work, as well as creatives experiencing it for the first time. Immerse yourself in 80+ full colour ADD SIZE pages, published in hardback form, filled with beautiful images of Michelle's work, as well as her own words of inspiration.
Reward - My Creative Kits - DIY Kits
My Creative Kits will be full of carefully and exclusively sourced scrumptious hand dyed silk fabrics and ribbons, hand dyed fibres and thoughtfully selected pieces of textile magic. Each kit will contain all the materials that are needed make one inspiring project.
Kits require the user to have a sewing machine with the ability to free motion embroider, suitable embroidery thread, machine foot and needles, and a sense of adventure. All kits are about possibility, and with time and patience people of any experience level can enjoy creating with them. 4 kits will be sent out over a 12 month period, with themes of Garden, Ocean, Leaves and Wearable Art.
Reward - My Creative Garment
To celebrate being so close to reaching our target, we have released a very special one-off reward, a hand made art garment that will be featured in the book My Creative Life. This beautiful garment is made by Michelle from hand dyed silks and fibre and will come with a signed copy of My Creative Life and free worldwide shipping. Only one will be available, so if you love it make sure you get in quick!
If you would like to add one set of My Creative Kits to this pledge, please increase your pledge amount to $580 select this reward.
The funds raised in this campaign will allow us to pay for the professional editing and printing of this gorgeous book.
*page layouts shown in this campaign are only drafts and may not precisely reflect the pages of the finished book.
*Any import duties, taxes or brokerage fees due at the time of delivery are the sole responsibility of the receiving customer.
Risks and challenges
We have already been in discussion with printing houses to confirm that pricing and quantities are viable. We also have all of the book's content ready to be collated and have locked in an excellent editor. So long as there are no unforeseen delays from the printer we don't foresee any risks.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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