Melanie Drury [deragonflyz]
How and why did you begin to be creative?
It's a part of who I am. To deny it is to dull the senses.
Your mind is your work tool. How do you take care of it?
I'm always on the look-out for personal development tools and resources. Meditation and connecting with nature help me to clear my mind and reconnect to my creative spirit.
How do you avoid repeating yourself, or falling into formula? How do you stay fresh?
I've never been good at repeating myself even if I try. I don't actively think about how I will be creative. I just feel it.
Do you have a ritual like retiring to a lonely place from time to time to cleanse your mind?
Often! I can be in the middle of a bustling city and be alone with my thoughts. It's not so hard to do. The mind is a mysterious place.
What cultural sources do you draw from the most?
There is inspiration everywhere you look. I would like to travel in the future and explore exotic lands and immerse myself into different cultures. The internet has allowed me to explore many things I otherwise may not have had the luxury of accessing. Nothing quite compares to the full sensory experience of FEELING a culture though.
Who have your teachers been?
Nature, the people I meet every day, I have had many teachers who have influenced me over the years. One that stands out was a tutor I had in High school, Milavoy Mitchich. He was an amazing figurative artist and taught me that every mark I make gives my work expression.
When you accept a job, how much value do you place on each of the following? Money, creative liberty, visibility, and to work with the best.
I've never been big on JOBS involving my creativity. I'm a bit of a free spirit and have always preferred to work independently. If I do work in a JOB it is usually to obtain skills I feel will be valuable in the future. I would be unlikely to pass up an offer to learn from creative greats such as Johnny Depp or Tim Burton. It is on my vision board to one day learn from this duo.
Have you ever had a job that was so stimulating that you could not get your mind off of it?
Yes! I once worked in Disability services as an instructor. It was one of the most satisfying jobs ever. I was able to connect with people on a completely different level. Something that can't be described. It was an absolute honour to share my time with such beautiful and inspiring people.
Does spirituality contribute to your creativity?
I'm not sure about my opinion on spirituality. I do feel there is something that connects us all to everything around us. When I create I come from a place of 'NO-MIND', as Eckart Tolle beautifully described it in one of his books. Often I wonder if my work is my own, or just a way of tapping in to the energy around me.
Must someone be the leader or boss in order for a creative team to function well?
For creative team to be truly effective there needs to be an ebb and flow of ideas. It completely depends on the personalities involved. If you have more than one strong creative it will need to be a team effort. If there is one person who is very strong creatively, and many others who are happy to follow, that will work well too. It all depends on the group dynamics. Nothing inspires quite as much as a group of creative energies brainstorming.
Declaration: With what person or business would you like to work?
Tim Burton and Johnny Depp.
The armchair psychologist: Is creativity an act of rebellion for you?
It depends on the day! Usually not. It's just a state of being.
Do you work well under pressure?
What city in the world currently attracts you due to its creative environment?
Langkawi...huh? I've been told of a Trash Arts Gallery there that recycles rubbish in to art. I would love to spend some time there. Also India, Thailand and Nepal.
Ideas can come simultaneously to different people in different places with no connection to one another. How do you explain this phenomenon?
Serendipity! One of my favourite words. We are all connected even if we don't know it.
You are as good as your last idea. Wouldn't you like to have a more secure type of work?
Like what? Accounting? Yawn!