Professor Philippe Rochat, an expert on the developmental psychology of infants, claims that creativity emerges when people stop worrying about what other people think.
Luc Steels, a computer scientist and expert on complex systems, claims creativity emerges from the interaction with others.
Steve Jobs reportedly stated that creativity is nothing more than putting different ideas together in a completely new way. Author Jonah Lehrer provides a lot of evidence for this claim in his recent book Imagine.
Often viewed as a crucial component of genius, the definition of creativity has otherwise proven to be contentious.
At Art Needlepoint we are more focused on how you recognize your own creativity and take time to enhance its expression, than on a definition.
Worry less and create more - as recent scientific studies are showing correlations between one's overall health to the expressive quotient in a person's daily life ...
The Art Needlepoint Company invites you to take part in any of our clubs, which you can participate in at any time and there are no fees to join.
The first of the clubs:
1. The Flower Collector
2. It's All About Animals
3. Landscapes Near and Far
How it works: Purchase any six canvases in one year's time from one of the categories - (ie. six flowers, six landscapes) and threads for five of your six canvases and we will send you your choice of pearl cotton, silk or wool threads free for your sixth canvas.
time you purchase six canvases from the same category or club within a
one year period (which starts at the time of your first purchase in that
category) you will receive free threads for your sixth canvas. You can
have all six sent at one time or across the year...your choice.
How do I join? There is no fee. There are no deadlines. Start when you wish. Decide which of the categories interest you - then email us and let us know you wish to join.
We will add new clubs and inform you via newsletter, Facebook, Twitter and All Things Needlepoint.
As we add new clubs, simply email us if you wish to join any new clubs.
Why do we call this a club? As a club member you will be able to receive not only free threads, but also give-aways that have to do with your choices, as well as special pricing on custom stitch guides for your canvases.
We are having a thread party and everyone is invited.
In May we are going to have a thread giveaway again.
Step One: Post your three favorite brands of threads - for example : Vineyard Silk, Anchor Pearle Cotton.
Step Two: If you have an account with us then we know who you are... If you do not have an account with us, please create an account with your name, address and email address.
Step Three: As soon as you do this you will be on the invitation list and we will you send you an invitation at the end of April.
A HUGE HEARTFELT THANK YOU
We are overwhelmed and overjoyed!!!!
Thank you for taking the time to share.Since there were well over 500 responses it is going to take us a little bit of time to process all the envelopes and stamping of envelopes and mailing BUT we will get three skeins of silk to each of you.
If you forwarded a comment either on Twitter, Facebook, email or blog but did not send your address to us or create an account with us, we will not be able to send the skeins...so please take a minute and make an account.
The deadline was midnight EST February 17, 2012
If you sent a comment and you cannot view it on our blog, the number of responses far exceeded the page size...so we are making a pdf of all the comments which you can get on All Things Needlepoint or email us - it will be fun to read what others have to say!
Share the love of needlepoint with EVERYONE you meet
and always be happy when stitching!
On The Art Needlepoint Facebook page, Lani asked :
"How do you decide what stitched to use in any given area?"
This is a great question... and we invite your comments.
"Imagine starting your life's work at seventy-two".
This is the first sentence in the Paper Garden by Molly Peacock - a marvelously written book about the artist Mary Delaney. When you finish the book you may feel that a best friend has recently left.
Mary Delaney composed "an astonishing 985 botanically correct, breathtaking cut-paper flowers, now housed in the British Museum and referred to as the Flora Delanica". She began what was then a new art form - the art of paper collage - at the age of seventy-two.
A number of her paper-cut flower mosaics (remember these were all handmade tissue thin papers in the 1700's) mix painting and cutting of dried plant parts with papers to create completely satisfying works of art.
"Thin as a billowing white cotton nightgown, Mrs. Delany's Grand Magnolia lies back in the balmy darkness of the summer night of its background. Perhaps her most blowsy bloom, plumped with the musk of maturity, it evokes the 18th century's gardener's word for a fully opened Magnolia grandiflora "blown" (magnolia's were imported to England in the 1700's and commanded a price per plant equivalent to many person's year salary).Like Redoute's Roses, Mary Delany's flowers are a treat for needlepoint. Careful study, concentration, availability of different hues and tones, shall I use a thread that I separate in some areas or all, how to shade (layer) the colors?
What you ask do New Year's resolutions have to do with Needlepoint...
1. Stop smoking Pick up a needle and thread. Stitch until the urge to smoke goes away ... or for the rest of the day!
2. Lose weight Stop snacking and start stitching!
3. Reduce stress Enjoy the zen of needlepoint at the end of every day.
4. Stop procrastinating Every time you think "I really should be __________"
remember the concentration you give to needlepoint
and empower yourself!
5. Be with my friends more often. Start a needlepoint group - like a book club;
meet regularly and laugh and stitch.
Through the tactile understanding of stitching
one long stitch, then a short stitch
or a french knot here and a cushion stitch there,
we learn about the depth of our commitment to ourselves and to our creativity!
Happy New Year Resolutions and Happy Stitching!
Here's to a very happy and healthy New Year!