Creative Strength Training: Prompts, Exercises and Personal Stories for Encouraging Artistic Genius - Jane Dunnewold
"Discover a deeper connection to your artist self!
Begin a fresh approach to your creative practice - begin building stamina today with Creative Strength Training!
Artists and athletes alike benefit from strength training. Building creative stamina takes encouragement, mentoring and regular practice. In Creative Strength Training, you'll discover powerful strategies that combine writing and hands-on art-making to overcome creative stumbling blocks, develop a unique voice and make creating art a regular habit.
Overcome resistance while dismantling "the committee" (that group of inner critics).
Explore 10 exercises for making art that stands apart as uniquely yours.
Receive support and inspiration from contributing artists who share how each chapter has improved their practice and helped them evolve."
"Jane Dunnewold's online Creative Strength Training course has helped participants deepen the connection with their artist selves and increase their creative stamina. Now, the same exercises, prompts, and strategies are available in book form. Each chapter addresses an area of potential blockage or provides insight into reframing an entrenched way of thinking. The content is very easy to follow and Jane's warmth and encouraging approach is present throughout the book. This is highly recommended for all artists who want to push themselves a bit more and develop good creative habits!"
- Down Under Textiles, Australia
"A dear friend of mine is a professional self-taught musician. He performs with a handful of bands, playing multiple instruments, crossing over from string to horn, and he even sings. He feeds his hunger for songwriting by exploring far beyond his original talent for guitar playing. While he may have a favorite, each instrument has a place in his practice and performances, and this helps inform his decisions about how and when to play them as he's writing new songs.
He applies the types of practices that Jane Dunnewold addresses in her new book, Creative Strength Training: Prompts, Exercises and Personal Stories for Encouraging Artistic Genius. Jane encourages us to step out of our comfort zones by trying this exercise. By doing so, I'm sure you'll discover more about your art, and yourself."
- Cherie Dawn Haas, Senior Online Editor, Cloth Paper Scissors magazine
"Creative Strength Training is a treasure. I was inspired from page 1 onward. I know all about discipline - but now I know how to transfer it to creative pursuits."
Christiane Northrup, M.D. OB/GYN and author of the New York Times bestsellers: Goddesses Never Age: The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality, and Wellbeing, Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom, and The Wisdom of Menopause
"Consisting of 10 chapters, Creative Strength Training offers prompts, exercises as well aspersonal anecdotes from a collection of artists who have faced life's obstacles during their own creative process.
These personal stories from the artists along with the prompts and cross-training exercises will push you to create, but what's better is that you'll want to go back to your studio or desk energerized and refreshed to finish old projects and begin new ones."
- Rebeca Schiller; Hand/Eye Magazine
"Jane Dunnewold is one of the giants of surface design, known for groundbreaking books like Complex Cloth and she is a beloved teacher of dyeing and embellishment. She said the idea of "strength training" for creativity came out of some ongoing small group teaching she did, where the goal was to help each student develop her own voice.
I said really what we are doing here is developing creative stamina, and I began to work on that idea," Jane explains." I recognize that the thing that keeps people from being successful isn't whether they have talent or tools, but whether they develop the stamina to keep showing up in the studio and doing the work. Musicians keep practicing, and athletes cross-train and strength-train, so why shouldn't we?
I'm excited about Jane Dunnewold's generosity and her way of working, and I hope you'll take a look".
- Meg Cox Writer for Allure, American Patchwork & Quilting, Child, Cooking Light, the Daily Beast, Family Fun, Family PC, Good Housekeeping, Ms., O, Parenting, Parents, Publisher's Weekly and her own newsletter, Quilt Journalist Tells All.