There is a lovely woman at church I call my choir mom…Mama Laurie. And she tells me all the time how creative I am . What new hobbies have I taken up (soapmaking is the latest one) and how are the existing ones going (scrapbooking, card making, stamping, etc.). And each time I think…jeez I am not creative. I am a copy-er (notice the odd spelling…not a copier like a Xerox, but a copy-er: someone who copies but not exactly). Maybe an imitator would be a better word but I have an alliteration thing happening here…go with me.
Creativity to me is being able to make something out of a wisp of an idea.
Crafty is being able to take something that is meant for one thing and make it into something else.
Being a copy-er means that you can see something, make it the same way but change a few key details…like color…to suit you.
And it is here that I struggle. If I am not creating something new, and I am just copying someone else’s idea and changing it to suit me, then am I really being creative? Can I call myself an artist if it is not an “original” idea?
Weigh in please…