Here is more about Magny in her own words:
“I am a professional artist, designer and art teacher living on western coast of Norway.
In addition to my art work, I have been working part time for a charity organization for many years. My first role was to maximize the income generated from the donations of clothes, shoes, furniture and other items from the public. My passion for up-cycling lead to many great designs such as reclaiming old sofa leather to feed a factory line making handbags. For another project we did the complete TV studio re-design from up-cycled items for a regional TV magazine show.
My blog has included articles on drawing, painting, DYI tutorials and food recipes, and what unites them all is my real passion to help people release their creativity as part of a healthy lifestyle.
At the moment I am working on a series of online art classes concentrating on nurturing your creative side.”
Wildly Creative: What is the advice you wish someone shared with you about pursuing your passions and feeding your creative self?
It took me a lot of time to learn how to feed my creative self.
I wish I was told that doing the things I love will give me the greatest pleasure and will make new dreams possible.
I had to discover that being nice to myself, for example, buying myself a bunch of flowers, or going to an exhibition, would give me the energy to be creative. These things are essential to nurture my creativity.
If you love what you do, others will love it too. Trust your intuition; focus on what is important to you. Be patient, put yourself out there and don’t be afraid.
I have learned over the years how to store ideas from my most creative moments, which I can use later to keep things flowing during the “dry” spells. I talk about these on my blog, which is open to everyone.
Life has surprised me, over and over again in many positive ways. Great things that I never imagined have happened.
Wild Creative: What drives you wild with inspiration and passion? What is whispering to you that inspires you to create?
My motivation is to pose anthropological questions and comment on how culture is changing. In my art work, I study and deconstruct our experience of western history, popular culture and cultural truths. My work is particularly focused on my own present and recent past.
Although the various projects may not initially seem related, they raise recurrent concerns and questions.
For example I find inspiration from old photographs of previous generations of my family.
For me, looking back in time is like going into a misty landscape, where it is also dark, but the longer I find myself there, the brighter it becomes.
Wildly Creative: How does one maintain a wildly creative live while navigating certain life difficulties or challenges? (For example, tough relationships, mundane schedules, etc.)
Experience has taught me what to do when I get stuck, and this took me years to learn.
The most important thing is to make a specific space in our lives to stay creative. It might be an hour on Saturday from 9 to 10, or Wednesday afternoons. We each have to decide what is right for us, write it down, and stick to it. It may take discipline and a strong will to get started. Even if it is just a little thing, it can be like a rolling snowball. But if you don’t do anything, nothing will happen. This is all very logical but can be hard to practice.
Finding creativity is the main topic of my blog and people can go there for much more details.
Wildly Creative: Creative people are usually the ones challenging the rules and the status quo. They are often misfits. How are you making sure to hold true to breaking the rules?
I was born just 20 years after the end of WWII. Europe was rebuilding. There, not everybody got a chance to make a good life for themselves. In other places in the world, the hippie movement was taking place and after that we had the punk era.
Scandanivia had to re-create itself. And we now have what is arguably one of the most caring, inclusive societies in the world.
These made young people politically aware, concerned, skeptical, and we asked many questions. Our music and the way we dressed were ways to express ourselves politically. The art was expressive and straight from the heart. Together we believed we could make a difference. This feeling of power still gives me energy.
I believe that justice is more important than the rules. When we see things that are unfair we must react. We always need to be ready to break the rules to show people how society can improve.
This experience is always there; it is a way of thinking and is like a reality check.