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A Christmas Cracker

This is a cracker of a story - and it's all true!

A Christmas Cracker tells the harrowing (and hilarious) tale of what ensued when I decided to channel my creativity away from art and into domesticity.

Here's the audio (and text!) from the live event at Phoenix's RPela Gallery in July 2014.

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"I am sharing a story of Christmas - though it’s only July - because this story will give all artists a chill. For when we muzzle our creativity, we start to focus on perfectionism and that trick never works.

Once upon a time, I was a newlywed. I had studied art, started to show my work, get published, but when I married a working artist, I decided to hang up my beret. Don’t judge me, women do this all the time.

I thought I should support him and his creativity. And that my work would be as a domestic artist – like Martha Stewart.

I wanted to pour every inch of my creative self into this new life. And nowhere would I have a chance to exhibit my newfound domestic flair more that Christmas. Ah Christmas! It had my name written all over it.

Our very first Christmas. I began by making individual handmade Christmas cards and posting them to all our friends and family.

I strung popcorn and cranberries for the tree until my fingers were bloody and raw..."

Read more here.

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