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Creative Strength Training: Prompts, Exercises and Personal Stories for Encouraging Artistic Genius Paperback – June 10, 2016
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"Jane Dunnewold's online Creative Strength Training course has helped participants deepen the connection with their artist selves and increase their creative stamina. Now, the same exercises, prompts, and strategies are available in book form. Each chapter addresses an area of potential blockage or provides insight into reframing an entrenched way of thinking. The content is very easy to follow and Jane's warmth and encouraging approach is present throughout the book.
This is highly recommended for all artists who want to push themselves a bit more and develop good creative habits!"
- Down Under Textiles, Australia
He applies the types of practices that Jane Dunnewold addresses in her new book, Creative Strength Training: Prompts, Exercises and Personal Stories for Encouraging Artistic Genius. Jane encourages us to step out of our comfort zones by trying this exercise. By doing so, I'm sure you'll discover more about your art, and yourself."
- Cherie Dawn Haas, Senior Online Editor, Cloth Paper Scissors magazine
Respected artist and creativity enabler Jane Dunnewold has always impressed us - with her artwork, her columns for QuiltingArts, her work ethic - but with this book she reaches new heights as art sensei. It is a step-by-step, carefully guided series of lessons to help readers embrace, understand and empower themselves as artists and creative souls. She shares her own stories and those of other creatives who took this journey of creative strength training and provide their experiences and artwork throughout the book. Artists of all levels will find self-discovery and artistic freedom by following the exercises in this enlightening book.
Quilting Arts Magazine
"Consisting of 10 chapters, CreativeStrength Training offers prompts, exercises as well as personal anecdotes from a collection of artists who have faced life's obstacles during their own creative process.
These personal stories from the artists along with the prompts and cross-training exercises will push you to create, but what's better is that you'll want to go back to your studio or desk energized and refreshed to finish old projects and begin new ones."
- Rebeca Schiller; Hand/Eye Magazine
"Jane Dunnewold is one of the giants of surface design, known for groundbreaking books like Complex Cloth and she is a beloved teacher of dyeing and embellishment. She said the idea of "strength training" for creativity came out of some ongoing small group teaching she did, where the goal was to help each student develop her own voice.
"I said really what we are doing here is developing creative stamina, and I began to work on that idea," Jane explains." I recognize that the thing that keeps people from being successful isn't whether they have talent or tools, but whether they develop the stamina to keep showing up in the studio and doing the work. Musicians keep practicing, and athletes cross-train and strength-train, so why shouldn't we?"
I'm excited about Jane Dunnewold's generosity and her way of working, and I hope you'll take a look".
- Meg Cox has written for Allure, AmericanPatchwork & Quilting, Child, Cooking Light, the Daily Beast, FamilyFun, Family PC, Good Housekeeping, Ms., O, Parenting, Parents,Publisher's Weekly and her own newsletter, Quilt JournalistTells All.
Exceptionally well written, organized, illustrated and presented, "Creative Strength Training" is unreservedly recommended for personal, community, art school, college and university library collections. -James A. Cox , Editor-in-Chief , Midwest Book Review
Jane introduces a series of "cross training" exercises to help you grow as an artist, break through obstacles, explore your limitations, and discover who you are as an individual, creative person. These exercises involve both art making and writing. She accurately notes that many artists might resist the writing component...but that aspect of the exercises really seems to facilitate a deeper exploration of yourself as an artist. -Seth Apter
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My mother in law Jean, has always loved doing textiles. From weaving to quilts to beading to dyeing, to sewing. For as long as I have known her she has had creative ideas simmering in her mind. Over the last few years she has had to give up her textile work due to macular degeneration. She resigned herself to not being able to see well enough to continue and had shut down that creative part of her mind.
Jean has been very interested in what I've been studying with Jane. So I loaned her my copy of Creative Strength Training. She has been struggling to read it with her magnifying glass. She says Jane's writing is stirring her creative juices. She says she can't do the work anymore but she can picture in her mind what she would do and she is enjoying that.
Today she called me, she had been to visit the Lion's low vision office. They set her up with a device that magnifies books so that people with low vision can read again. She said the first thing she did was to put Creative Strength Training in the device. She's is so excited to read more easily and your book is the first on the list. It's really great to hear that spark in her voice again.
The messages and exercises are simple, but powerful. First--putting thoughts and ideas down on paper is paramount to building creative muscles--even if what you capture is nothing more than a 'shitty first draft.' Next, carve out specific time to create regularly--and make for the sake of making. And most importantly, focus your creative efforts deliberately on what matters to you in the world, whatever that is, while limiting techniques or materials. Ms. Dunnewold assures us that these are the keys to success. How do you figure out what matters to you in the world? By working through the simple exercises in the book.
I highly recommend 'Creative Strength Training' to anyone who is struggling like me to express in a truly unique way. My quest is not complete, but I can confidently say that after putting pen to paper and really figuring out how I like to work, what skills and techniques I perform well, what I need to improve upon, and what I really care about in the world, I'm that much closer to creating work that is distinctly my own.