What a delight it was to meet Isabel Taylor (née Winwood) at Colour a few weeks ago! In our brief ‘greet and meet’ time, I discovered that Isabel is a fashion designer, so without knowing much else about her, I asked if I could interview her for Created Creative Collective. I’m so glad she said yes! She brings such a beautiful and gentle perspective on creativity, and the ability to cherish and treasure people through the gift of fashion design.

When Marni Kitching decided that her future wasn’t going to be in the Arts, she struggled with finding a place for her creativity to fit. She discovered that the business world needed creative thinkers, and many were lost on their career path. By creatively lifting others and helping them find their way, she has been able to find her own creative place in the world.

Created Creative Collective had a chat with Marni to find out about her creative journey …

What does creativity mean to you?

I think ultimately creativity is being able to see things that perhaps are not seen on the surface, not the obvious, being able to look at, a problem, or an idea, or a solution for something, and just being able to see things that others may not be able to see – and being able to be innovative. 

It’s definitely a spiritual thing for me as well, it’s inspired. I think the other thing for me, personally, creativity is something that captures other people in some form or another.

Can you think of a time when you first realised you were creative?

I think as a child growing up one of the things that I used to do, and it’s probably a funny story:

Maybelle Galuvao exudes confidence. As the lead singer of the band, Soul Nights, a former contestant of The Voice, mother of two, and wife of former NRL player Joey Galuvao, you would think that she has always been bold and daring. But it hasn’t always been that way. I got to chat with Maybelle about her journey with creativity, and how she overcame overwhelming insecurity.

What does creativity mean to you?

Creativity is how I express myself through what I’m good at. It’s music and song writing. It’s an outlet for me.

When did you first know you were creative?

I keep going back to a time when I was five and my father used to be the guitarist in my church. I come from a family of six sisters and one brother. I remember my dad specifically calling me up to sing with him. I remember at that age, I saw the reaction of people and I could see that they enjoyed it and I enjoyed just being on stage with my father and just singing with him. I think that early on I kind of knew that there was something special.

You’ve been a contestant on The Voice. That’s a great example of stepping out in creativity. Tell us about your experience …

We all need a place to belong, a place to be inspired, a place to feel like we’re not the only one, a place to thrive and grow, a place we can come home to everyday, a place to be reminded of why we’re doing what we’re doing, a place to connect.

My hope is that this will be your place to sit, maybe first thing in the day with a cup of tea before you start your creative wanderings, or maybe after a hard day of disciplined work, you’ll check in to see what’s been going on in the creative world. And as you read, you’ll be reminded that you’re not alone, that there are many others out there, like you, created to create and living out a creative Creator-glorifying life.

You might just find your tribe.

This is just the beginning, and who knows where it will lead, who knows what connections will be made as we collect as Creatives, who knows what inspiration is yet to come. My dream is to hear from many different Creatives from all different fields, read their inspirations, enjoy their art, listen to their challenges and battles, be empowered by their testimonies of overcoming, and to Collect together on the cutting edge of Creativity, where we should be, poised and ready in a time where souls are waiting and longing for something to speak louder than the humdrum rhythms and noisy stresses of everyday life.


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