Why I am a maker

Lucie day 1
Photography in Leith by Lucie Kerley  

@luciekerley

This is me and my boys and we live in Edinburgh, the most beautiful place. We moved to Scotland over 4 years ago and have not looked back from London. I grew up in Staffordshire, the potteries and my husband from Battersea. I have always practised creative arts and chose to follow an arts in health career path following my music degree, over 10 years ago now. I worked in a national medical hospital for nearly 10 years running activities for people with Neuro-disability and wrote articles in medical journals about the important of activity for us all in leading a good quality of life, self expression and overall well being.

This became a reality for me having lost my incredibly creative and practical dad to a sudden major stroke when I was 22 and now becoming a carer for my mum with Parkinsons, I found it about time that I practice what I preach for my own mental health and to hopefully spend more time with my boys. Depression can fix you in time with the momentum of the world carrying on without you and feel like you are wearing a straight jacket, my creative work allows me to move and catch up with life.

Freeform crochet for me is like the music I have performed and sang, the threads of the ledger lines with notes and stitches hanging in mid air all coming together to create an aesthetic and beautifully sounding piece of art, it is a therapeutic process. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi described the act of creativity as being in a state of “flow” the creative moment when a person is completely involved in an activity for its own sake. Explaining creativity is a central source of meaning in our lives. A leading researcher in positive psychology, he has devoted his life to studying what makes people truly happy.

Whether it is enjoying fresh air and greenspace or making music or art, being creative is central to who we are. I love the act and process of making with my hands, particularly carrying on heritage craft techniques and keeping these traditions alive, it is hugely satisfying and gives me a sense of achievement knowing that I can create beautiful objects that other people will enjoy and wear.

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