Susan Reeves [moondogtreasures]
How and why did you begin to be creative?
I created Yoga Jewelry by Moondog Treasures 5 years ago out of my desire to merge two of my favorite things: yoga and art. My jewelry includes mala bracelets, thai silver pendants on beaded strands, soldered pieces, stamped pieces, and jewelry made from PMC (precious metal clay).
Your mind is your work tool. How do you take care of it?
I have a regular yoga and meditation practice. Meditating helps me to find clarity.
How do you avoid repeating yourself, or falling into formula? How do you stay fresh?
I'm inspired by nature, which is always creative and ever-changing.
Do you have a ritual like retiring to a lonely place from time to time to cleanse your mind?
My ritual is my meditation. Sometimes it's easy to focus and be quiet. Other times I have to be patient.
What cultural sources do you draw from the most?
The ancient, beautiful language of Sanskrit
Who have your teachers been?
I look up to my yoga teacher, Shiva Rea, and I'm drawn to the meditation techniques of Sally Kempton. I have taken a few jewelry-making classes, but find that most of my motivation comes from life experience.
Have you ever had a job that was so stimulating that you could not get your mind off of it?
Yes, teaching Spanish at a university. I absolutely loved it. I looked forward to Monday mornings and the day after vacations. That's a good job to have.
"To give birth to ideas." Is this only an expression, or are there really parallels between giving birth and creativity?
Definite parallels. Creating can be a painful process, but there is such pride and gratitude with the result. I feel the same way about writing.
Does spirituality contribute to your creativity?
Definitely. I'm a Roman Catholic and I feel a devotion to God through this faith. I also find a connection to my spirituality when I practice yoga, dance, and meditate.
It is possible to fall in love with a bad idea simply because it is yours. How do you avoid this?
Yes. Sometimes it can be hard to let go of something, even if it isn't working for you. I usually hang onto it for way too long!! There comes a point when I'm ready to let go and move on.
Declaration: With what person or business would you like to work?
I love working with other yoga studios to create jewelry that expresses their passion. I love learning from other jewelry artists. I would enjoy working with some accomplished metal clay artists, but the classes are very expensive.
What criteria do you use when selecting someone to be a part of your creative team?
Personal integrity, work ethic, ability to go with the flow.
The armchair psychologist: Is creativity an act of rebellion for you?
Probably. I'm not the best 9-5 employee. I enjoy being able to work when I want, to rest when I want, to play when I want.
Do you work well under pressure?
Yes, but I don't enjoy it. It makes me anxious. I prefer to let the creativity arise naturally, then I work like crazy.
What city in the world currently attracts you due to its creative environment?
Paris. I went there last summer for a week. I would love to spend an entire year there, just strolling. The people are intriguing, the art is abundant, the food is delicious, just the environment - I couldn't get enough.
How is an idea sold?
There has to be a lot of marketing involved. I'm new to that. It's a learning process. The internet and social media play a huge part.
What do you feel when, after two or three years, you see an idea of yours again?
Imitation is flattery, but I do get upset to see something of mine blatantly copied. It helps me to remember that my work has my personal creative stamp on it because it is mine. I stay focused on my own work.
You are as good as your last idea. Wouldn't you like to have a more secure type of work?
I love the challenge of discovering and creating the next project or idea. Love it.
Highland Village TX USA