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About the Author

Rice Freeman-Zachery is an artist and writer whose clothes, dolls and jewelry have been featured in shops and galleries in New Orleans, Taos, Albuquerque, Tacoma and Seattle, and whose art has been featured in Lynne Perrella's Artists' Journals & Sketchbooks and Terry Taylor's Altered Art. She writes artist profiles for Art Doll Quarterly, Belle Armoire, Legacy, Somerset Life and Somerset Studio, and her two books, Stamp Artistry (Quarry, Nov. '03) and New Techniques for Wearable Art (Quarry, Sept. '04), feature her own art and that of other mixed-media artists.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (October 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600613225
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600613227
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ricë writes. She has written everything from a collection of poetry for her master's thesis to newspaper articles to grouchy letters to the editor of the local newspaper and everything you can think of in between: the occasional artist bio, blog rants, how-to instructions. The current fabulous gigs include writing artist profiles for "Art Doll Quarterly," "Art Journaling," "Art Quilting Studio," "Belle Armoire," "Belle Armoire Jewelry," and "Somerset Studio"--which allows her to indulge in one of her other passions: asking nosy questions--and five books, including her newest, "Destination: Creativity, The Life-Altering Journey of the Art Retreat" and her other two most recent titles, "Creative Time and Space" and the best-selling "Living the Creative Life," all by North Light Books.

(She also taught college English, so not being able to create italics for those titles makes her a little nuts.)

She blogs at her own blog, "Notes from the Voodoo Cafe," and at "The Creative Life," her blog on her publisher's website,, where you can find a new post every MWF. Her own website is, and there you can find links to interviews, talks about creativity, and a whole bunch of other amazing and fascinating stuff, including a video answering Frequently Asked Questions.

Ricë interviews artists of all kinds for podcasts at "Notes from the Voodoo Lounge," available on her blog, at, and through iTunes.


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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Dora L. Davison on October 3, 2009
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Rice Freeman-Zachery has managed to write a book that manages to be very entertaining and warm while still delivering the goods on what it takes to make time and space in one's life for making art. I think that a lot of us who work traditional non-art related jobs have a tendency to believe that if we just had the right tools, or the right space, or enough time that we could be artists or creatives also. This book puts that tired excuse to bed. Not all of these artists have ideal working situations and not all of them are working on their art full-time or have always worked on their art full-time. Some of them are also juggling families as well as their careers. Managing time is very much as difficult for them as it is for the rest of us. Rice and the artists interviewed helped to explain what they gave up to make the most of their time and the things that they knew that they could not give up because it would make their lives impoverished from their standpoints and these lists varied from artist to artist.

The examples of how the artists managed their time and whether they kept calendars and were strictly scheduled or were more fluid in their scheduling varied greatly. It was interesting to see how each made time work for them. I also enjoyed reading about artists' rituals for getting ready to do their work each day. I also loved the sneak peaks that we got into the artists' studios. The examples of the artists' work throughout the book gave life and color to the text as well. I enjoyed the tips and techniques boxes and found a lot of useful information in them.

I enjoyed Rice's first book on creativity but if you made me choose, I'd say that this one is even better! If you haven't already bought this book, drop what you're doing and order it NOW! Buy some for gifts. Your friends and family will thank you. I am not related to Rice nor am I a participant in the book. I just love the book--a lot!
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Beth on October 19, 2009
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Get ready for another interactive, entertaining, and useful book on creativity by Ricë Freeman-Zachery. Unlike other books that just give us studio envy, she goes far beyond the pretty pictures and gets into the reality of creative self-management. Creative Time and Space isn't a list of recipes: it won't tell you exactly how you should manage your time or how to build the perfect studio, and that is precisely what I like about it. Instead the book is packed full of suggestions and techniques used by fourteen very different artists to show that there is not just one way to go about managing your creative life.

Her storytelling style makes the book complete: it is funny, down to earth, and respectful of her contributing artists as well as her readers. I enjoyed every page and will return to it often for guidance and inspiration.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Maureen Hanlin on October 19, 2009
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Ricë ROCKS.. and so do her books...
So BUY IT already. Seriously.
Worth every penny.

This comes from artist who is not so impressed by most of the "art-inspiration", project-oriented books out there.
"Face your Fears", Silence Your Inner Critic", " Find Inspiration"... they all say the same.exact.thing.
All very helpful information, but what about those of us who are past all of that?
and have been for years?

Who KNOW what they want to do, and how much they NEED to create and are constantly battling time, life's obligations(and mental)demons?
Who do not need project guidance, but just a voice from those who are walking our path, only just a bit ahead of us?

Ricë is filling a niche for us, and there are many of us out here.

Reenie Hanlin
When is your next book coming out?
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By jeffreywp on March 11, 2010
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I was reading an interview on Empty Easel (an art promotion website) with Rice Freeman-Zachery and it prompted me to buy her book: Creative Time and Space. Visually, the book does a fabulous job of showcasing the featured artists' work. As for the content, I found myself wanting more.

The author, Rice Freeman-Zachery, weaves her own thoughts amid the mish-mash of anecdotal references by the featured artists on the various chapter topics:

1. Exploring Time
2. Making Time
3. Corralling Time
4. Stuck in Time
5. Jumpstarting Time
6. Mental Space
7. Soul Space
8. Real Space
9. Creative Habits
10. Taking It on the Road

The book is for those who are struggling with "making room for making art." Rice includes little exercises in the form of "Try This" boxes to help you explore your own ideas about why you are where you are artistically and how to jump-start your passion for your art to get your back on track.

There is so much about this book that I wanted to like but much of it I had heard before. Surely, there is quite a bit here that is grounded in practicality, which just goes to show you why the reviews on Amazon were all positive. The author's style is very warm and engaging. You cannot help but feel her passion and desire to motivate you.

However, what disappointed me was the fact that the Empty Easel interview more clearly addressed what I needed to hear than the 171-page book. I expect an article that references a book to whet my appetite for the full-course meal that the book will provide me when I read it.

My Top 10 From Creative Time and Space

1. Take a notebook/sketchbook with you everywhere.
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