Hello Friends! I'm sure by now, you have seen and heard about the notable, Leslie Shewring! Her creative talents are featured bi-monthly on decor8. She also has produced work for Creature Comforts, an interview on Simply Hue and has her own incredibly fabulous blog, A Creative Mint.
Today Leslie shares her thoughts on creativity and raising children. How does she do it all? Read on....
Heather: What inspired you to quit your job and devote your time to your children?
Leslie: My job was very intense with travel and it was very deadline driven. I couldn't see a way to continue that work pace and raise my daughter. When she was born everything work related came to a halt which was due to my conscious choice. I was fortunate enough to be able to make that choice because my husband could support us. I must add that for me waiting to have kids till I was a little older made the decision easier for me. I felt like I had done many things for myself like getting my degrees, lots of traveling and lots of experiences alone.Heather: How did you bring back the creative into your life after becoming a stay at home mom?
Leslie: Being creative is not really something I can turn off even though I was not going to work everyday. Even if I am not doing a specific "creative " project like a product concept or an interior proposal, it comes out in other ways. For example, I would get really into my little garden or rearranging furniture or helping friends with their homes or cooking or doing collage with my kids. It is kind of funny, I am a bit obsessive, I always like to have many projects on the go. I like to think we all have the potential to live creative lives even if we are stay at home moms or people working in "non-creative" jobs. Little daily choices of how we spend our time makes for a creative life.
Heather: What has led to your recent series of ethereal, light drenched photography? Have you always been a photographer?
Leslie: Oh my, I do not think of myself as a photographer! I took a couple of black and white classes during architecture school and really enjoyed them. I learned my way around a dark room and how to use the manual settings on my old camera. I took many photos at that time and had a lot of fun, but once school finished I pretty much stopped. I just started with digital photography this year and am kind of addicted! As for the way I photograph, I really like light drenched anything! It may have been growing up in the predominately cloudy Pacific Northwest that has led to my love of bright light!
Heather: Where do you find inspiration?
Leslie: This is a hard question as I get inspired constantly. Some things that come to mind are travel, when I go somewhere new I see things differently. I become more aware of the details around me. I love books. I am still into printed pages and have quite a collection of cookbooks that I love to stare at! It is always inspiring and humbling to see what other people are up to in the design field, whether it is a little shop with interesting products and art or great interior design and architecture. I am in constant awe of many designers and artists.Heather: Coming from such a varied background in architecture, interior and product design, do you have a preferred medium?
Leslie: I love studying architecture and my architect friends are some of the brainiest people I know but I do not think I am very good at it! I think I am better at smaller design projects that are faster paced. I think I bore easily, this is why product development was a good fit for me. I could work on a few projects at one time and it was quick, there were always new products to do and different retailers to work with. I love styling for my photographs for my blog too. It is really fun to get lost in the different colors each week.Heather: Do you have any goals or future plans for your art?
Leslie: I do not have any specific goals right now, I just really enjoy the color stories I am working on right now and I like producing different crafts/artwork for each one.
Thank you Leslie!