Tuesday, October 22, 2013

'Words, Words, Words' Top Talent

 Welcome back to another Top Talent spotlight at Our Creative Corner!

   This month we are shining the spotlight on the winner of the 'Words, words, words' Challenge hosted by Alison, also known to many of you as butterfly.

    Our Creative Corner is so happy to be welcoming Manu from Vintagesavonette  who won the Words challenge with her gorgeous 'Poem in a box' If you haven't been to her blog to see her amazing work then you really should head over there!

     Manu has created a wonderful piece of art for us today....but before we show you the amazing creation - let's find out a little bit more about this very talented lady.......

1. Where do you live?
Berlin - Germany

2. How long have you been crafting and what made you start crafting?

I have been crafting one way or the other for all my life. As a child I drew paper dolls to create dresses for them, a little older, I forced my cats into self-made and well-decorated carton board homes (which they certainly tore to pieces). Then I grew older and forgot about my "artistic" talent because cruising a big city and trying myself out with 20, finding a husband and having a child in my thirties, needed so much attention on another creative field.

Then, short before 50,  I met a friend who is a craft addict. We came together like two pieces of a puzzle, same tastes, same techniques. That's were my inspiration got a fresh start again.

3. What if anything, do you consistently draw inspiration from?

Consistently? Yes, I must admit, I draw my inspiration above all from my blogging friends. The internet has become the ultimate source for me. Not only from the technical point of view, but also from all those stories shared, the different aspects of a theme...

And then again, there is pinterest.  I can browse it for hours, my mouth watering, needing to reproduce all those beautiful ideas at once. The thing then again is getting up, leaving the pc and really getting to craft myself.

How would you describe your art for the general public audience if they have never seen it before?

I am still testing myself. So I may change from a shabby, soft and lacy look one day, to a more rustic, dark-toned style another time.

I have started to alter books as this gives me enough "canvas" to work on, but which can easily be stored away without taking too much space. I use whatever falls into my hands when I am in a creative mood. So "mixed-media" is the word describing my craft.

5. What do you enjoy most about crafts?

I love to let my mind go on a journey. Most of times, like this time, too, I need a topic, a challenge to follow along. A word, a poem, a motto. Then I browse my mind to give my ideas a concrete structure. The result is the "cooperation" between thought and hands. This is what I enjoy most. That your hands and head are both occupied and convey positive energy.

Are you an impulsive buyer of craft items?

YES, YES, YES! Somebody uses unknown material, I need it, too. A new stamp? Give it to me. Technical equipment to facilitate crafting? On top of my Santa-Claus wishlist.

What other hobbies or talents do you have that you'd like to share with us?
I love to read: Thrillers to get my blood pressure up (others have a glass of champagne), crafting books to get an idea, love novels where lovers with pointed teeth meet in the twilight...

My house: Decorating, re-decorating (not so much cleaning and tidying).

Gardening: But, admittedly, one hour gardening is balanced by several hours deck-chair-dreaming.

Sewing is another hobby I love and I am not talking about repairing seams or tightening my daughter's jeans.
And then there is always curiosity leading me into various fields of interest and experimenting.

 And now lets take a peek at Manu's amazing creation in the Top Talent Spotlight...

 Thank you so much Manu for being here today in the Top Talent Spotlight and creating such beautiful canvas for us......

If you want to see more photos and details of how it was made then please go along to Manu's blog Vintagesavonette and say "Hello" - I am sure she would love to see you there! 

Would you like everyone to see your work here under the 'Our Creative Corner' Spotlight? You could be here as our 'Top Talent' with the spotlight shining on something you have created! All you have to do is enter Julia's 'Halloween - Lets tag it on' challenge.  There is one more week of her challenge left, so why not have fun creating! 

Make a spooky tag...and don't forget to include some surface texture!

      We all hope you will come back to see us on the 1st November when Claudia will be presenting her exciting challenge for all of you....We also have some news for you! 
See you then!


  1. Awesome, Manu! It's so great to have you here with us today! LOVE your art and enjoyed learning a bit more about you! Thanks for being with us and providing another eye candy!

    Claudia x

  2. I love the fantastic canvas you created, it is so full of texture and wonderful colour! Loved learning a bit more about you and what inspires you to create such wonderful art. Hugs, Anne x

  3. Manu - your work is fabulous - full of imagination! I loved hearing about your fascinating crafty journey. You are an inspiration! Julie Ann xx

  4. Loving this canvas Manu and huge congratulations on your well deserved spotlight. It is great to find out more about you. Jenny x

  5. Fabulous creation, Manu - and lovely to hear some more about you and your creative life (sounds very familiar, lots of it!!)... Thanks so much for creating another joyous piece of art for OCC.
    Alison xx

  6. Wow, that's really stunning and gorgeous, love that too !!! Coco x


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