Stepping outside in search of inspiration

Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Molly Anthony

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Stepping outside in search of inspiration

Quite some time ago, I found myself in the midst of a crippling artists’ block. It lasted for years. I couldn’t produce anything. Not a collage. Not a doodle. Nothing. Squat.

I considered giving up art altogether. And in a moment of utter frustration, I decided to take my dog for a walk and just let it all go. I absorbed the smells, I listened to the symphony of sounds, I felt the wet grass between my fingers. And then I noticed all the junk on the ground. First I got mad at the sheer quantity of garbage. Then I started picking it up. But after collecting bags and bags of garbage and recycling, I felt there had to be a better, more productive way to deal with all the waste. So, I started using it as art supplies. And I found that my quest to break out of my creative rut and my desire to make truly original marks could be found in all the pieces of trash I was collecting. Items that had been broken or worn down by the elements were capable of creating marks or texture that could never be purchased at a store. And I also found that I could be much more creative when I wasn’t worried about ruining materials that hadn't cost a ton of money.

Sometimes we worry so much about finding the “perfect” tools to create art or we’re so precious about our supplies because we’re afraid of ruining them that we end up making nothing at all. But what if we used the “junk” on the ground that is already imperfect and broken? With a little imagination and inspiration from the world around us, anything can be an art supply and it can open doors to infinite possibilities.

With these ideas in mind, I developed a class called The Found Art Walk to help others break through their blocks. From there, I started my blog and began posting my ideas and creations on Instagram (@mkranthony). I created the inspiration kits and Found Object Creativity Kits as a way to repurpose the objects I’ve found and also to share my ideas with others looking to get started, break through a rut or just try something new.

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  • Molly Anthony


    I’m a mixed-media artist and writer living in Minneapolis, MN with my husband, two daughters and Golden Retriever. I’m constantly searching the world around me for creative inspiration for my work and to share with others.

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