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Make it Mighty Ugly: Exercises and Advice for Getting Creative Even When it Ain't Pretty

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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.

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"For every person who produces creative works there are legions who do not because of their fear of failing or of producing 'bad' work. Werker (Crochet Me ) encourages everyone to push through that fear and just go ahead and make something, no matter how it turns out. Divided into three parts: 'name the demons,' 'make stuff,' and 'keep on making stuff,' the book highlights the most common creative demons and discusses how to move beyond them in an engaging and friendly manner. The author uses prompts, exercises, and her own and others' personal experiences to show that creativity does not have to be beautiful; in fact, it can be mighty ugly. VERDICT Werker provides a thoughtful look at the internal voices that keep people from expressing their creativity in a book that will work well beyond the crafting world; anyone needing to identify their own blocks will find this inspiring title useful in their own lives." Library Journal

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"The Mighty Ugly project is about making things that are ugly on purpose, 'in a continuing effort to challenge our definitions, perceptions, and expectations of failure.' Creator Kim Werker has a whole book coming out on the subject in 2014, if you’re moved to make some of your own (very liberating) failure-successes." BuzzFeed 

About the Author

KIM PIPER WERKER is a writer and freelance editor who tries to make something — anything — every day. Many of those things are awful; some are not. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, she lives in Vancouver, BC. Learn more about her work, teaching schedule, and rag-tag adventures at KimWerker.com. For more on Mighty Ugly, including links to resources and a book-club guide, visit MightyUgly.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781570619144
Author:
Werker, Kim Piper
Publisher:
Sasquatch Books
Illustrator:
Bingamam-Burt, Kate
Subject:
Creativity
Subject:
SELF-HELP / Creativity
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20140831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.95 x 5.49 x 0.54 in 0.66 lb

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"Review" by , "For every person who produces creative works there are legions who do not because of their fear of failing or of producing 'bad' work. Werker (Crochet Me ) encourages everyone to push through that fear and just go ahead and make something, no matter how it turns out. Divided into three parts: 'name the demons,' 'make stuff,' and 'keep on making stuff,' the book highlights the most common creative demons and discusses how to move beyond them in an engaging and friendly manner. The author uses prompts, exercises, and her own and others' personal experiences to show that creativity does not have to be beautiful; in fact, it can be mighty ugly. VERDICT Werker provides a thoughtful look at the internal voices that keep people from expressing their creativity in a book that will work well beyond the crafting world; anyone needing to identify their own blocks will find this inspiring title useful in their own lives."
"Review" by , "The Mighty Ugly project is about making things that are ugly on purpose, 'in a continuing effort to challenge our definitions, perceptions, and expectations of failure.' Creator Kim Werker has a whole book coming out on the subject in 2014, if you’re moved to make some of your own (very liberating) failure-successes."
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