Make It Mighty Ugly

Make It Mighty Ugly

Exercises & Advice for Getting Creative Even When It Ain't Pretty

Book - 2014
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"Fans of DIY projects and crafts will conquer their fear of failure and create their own masterpieces using this fun and inspiring handbook. Get Crafty. Make Great Stuff. Be Creative! The number one fear of all creative types--crafters, DIYers, makers, artists--is that failure lurks right around the corner. Crafty blogger and creativity guru Kim Piper Werker urges everyone to pick up their pen or paintbrush or scissors and make something mighty ugly: get that "failure" out of the way. This friendly book offers up a multi-pronged approach to overcoming creative fears through inspiring essays and anecdotes, interviews, exercises and prompts, and sage advice from all over the creative spectrum to help individuals slay their creative demons"--
Publisher: Seattle, WA :, Sasquatch Books,, [2014]
ISBN: 9781570619144
Branch Call Number: 745.5 W493m
Characteristics: 219 pages : illustrations

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Dec 01, 2014

Good at the beginning, but becomes tiresome. What she says is true and helpful and at times insightful. If you are creative you already know all that she talks about, but she does offer solutions to some well worn problems. The cuteness wears on you a bit after awhile.

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SPL_Melanie Jan 13, 2016

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to focus more on your creativity -- to learn how to sew, to paint, or to finally get that novel written, you may want to check out this book.

Vancouver-based artist and writer Kim Piper Werker has written an encouraging pep-talk of a book for those who love DIY, the artists and makers, those whose greatest fear is also failure. She suggests that readers pick up their tool of choice and make something mighty ugly – just get it out of the way and then keep going. Face up to those creative blocks, overcome anxiety and procrastination, and channel that inner child who isn’t afraid to just make things, whether they turn out well or turn into a ‘mistake’.

The book is divided into three parts: "name the demons," "make stuff," and "keep on making stuff," in which she confronts the most common creative demons and digs into how to get past them.

Her style is conversational and quirky, like a good friend who believes in you and is just telling you to get on with it. The book includes links to further resources to read or view, and intersperses quotes and anecdotes both from Werker herself, and many other creatives whom she interviewed.

This inspirational nudge to look at all the ways in which we hold ourselves back from our own creative expression works for DIY crafters, and beyond. Anyone who wants to up their creative output in 2016 may be inspired by this title. I know I was; look for some mighty ugly projects at the library this year!

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