Artist: Marisa Haedike
Location: Los Angeles, California
Web site: Creative Thursday
Blog: Creative Thursday
What do you create?
I paint. I LOVE to paint! My medium of choice is acrylic. My surface of choice is wood and my size of choice, while I do like painting large, is mostly small and lately very tiny. What originally started as a mission to create daily paintings, and post them on my blog and website has grown to include sculpting in polymer clay and most recently, just this month actually, sewing by hand and machine. The inspiration to expand mediums over the last year has been to bring the characters in my paintings to life, to make them 3 dimensional ~ and to continue to challenge myself creatively.
How did you come up with your company name?
I realized that I am happiest when I am being creative and this realization happened when I was working my 9 to 5 job in Colorado, as an interior designer, and hardly getting any creative time in. It was then that I also decided that at least one day a week had to be set aside for Fun and Creativity! Thursdays have always been my favorite day of the week, so Thursday it was and this is how CREATIVE THURSDAY was born. I felt that since “Creative Thursday” was the inspiration and the beginning of me following my creative path; this would be the perfect name for my business. It is also a broad enough name and concept, that it will be the “umbrella” to all my creative ventures, especially since I am an entrepreneurial spirit who will never be boxed in.
When and why did you decide to start your business?
After designing for other people both as a graphic designer and an interior designer for many years, I honestly thought how much fun it would be to create a business based upon my own designs.
I officially started Creative Thursday in early 2004 with the launch of a line of re-designed vintage chairs. It has taken many attempts and creative incarnations for Creative Thursday to be what it is now.
Where do you get your inspiration for your projects?
So many, many things. I can look at dishes stacked in a dish rack and the colors will inspire a painting. Sometimes I get ideas right before I’m falling asleep, where I’ll see a glimpse of the entire painting, or a new character to introduce. Mostly, like so many artists, nature is a constant source of inspiration. The color combinations in nature are simply brilliant. I also love to thumb through magazines, books and now more than ever, I love to visit blogs and flickr ~ the never ending internet trail. I am constantly amazed by the talent and inspiration so many people are sharing via their blogs and websites.
Which of the tools you use is your favorite?
My tiny, tiny paintbrush, a winsor & newton size 000. Honestly I don’t know what I’d do without it.
What keeps you motivated?
Honestly, since my creative voice is finally finding its way…and there were moments along the way where I didn’t know how it would come together, let alone know how I would survive financially ~ I haven’t had a time where I haven’t been motivated. I spent so many years dreaming of the life I now live, that there’s hardly a day I wake up that I’m not excited about the day ahead. I love what I do so much.
How do you get the word out about your work?
Blogging really did wonders for introducing my work to the “world” literally. And as it turns out, blogging is something I really enjoy. I find that building a community online and connecting within that community is such a powerful way not only to “meet” so many talented people, but also to introduce them to you and your work. Word of mouth via the internet is incredibly powerful.
What is your main goal for the next 6-12 months?
I have my first children’s book that I am working on. I’m so excited to finish it, as I can’t wait to share this book.
I also want to continue to develop more streams of passive income via licensing channels, as I would like to take more time to start traveling and/or living part time in Europe to inspire the next chapter of creativity.
What advice would you give to someone starting a creative business?
Oh so many things, which you can listen to more of in my podcast. If I had to break it down to just one thing, I would say learn to listen to your own heart and follow that guidance. We always have the answers within us and even with all the best meaning advice out there, the best advice will be from you to you.
Can you talk to us about your podcast? How did it get started?
When I was desperately trying to find ways to supplement my income while my business was still coming together, I would often check out the work opportunities on Craigslist. I came across a post for a company looking for people to do podcasts. Since I ‘m rarely at a loss for words, especially when I’m inspired about something ~ and I happily share my thoughts, opinions and ideas with almost anyone who asks, I thought this might be the perfect opportunity for me to express that part of my creativity, while also sharing the knowledge I had become so passionate about, with others ~ that of pursuing and living the creative life.
What’s the most important thing you’d like people to know/understand about your work?
I would like them to interpret it for themselves and since I hear again and again how my work makes people feel happy, if it does just that ~ I’m thrilled!
Who are some of your favorite indie designers/artists?
I’ve decided I can no longer list them all in interviews. I have so many and I never like to leave anyone out. If you really want to know, just visit my Etsy favorites and the category called “favorite artists” on my blog. That should get you started! And I have to say the list continues to grow every day.
If you had the time, what new craft/medium would you like to learn or use?
I would love to write my own music.
What's your definition of a perfect day?
I’m so lucky. I already get to live so many of my perfect days. It’s starts with a hot cup of coffee (with frothy milk!), warm sunshine, a cool breeze, sitting and visiting with Sean (my boyfriend) and our trio of furry friends, Lulu, Garbo and Riley, in the comfiest of chairs, followed by time to be creative, followed by a walk to a delicious lunch with my creative girlfriends and my family if they lived closer, maybe a shopping excursion to Anthropologie, then an afternoon nap, a yoga class, cooking a dinner with food from the local farmer’s market and having that with a really nice bottle of wine, with Sean of course, watching an inspiring movie and did I mention this could all be taking place in Italy?
Thank you so much Marisa!