Hello everyone! I’m happy to present to you the next EVERYDAY CREATOR, Lot from @CERULEANCREATIVES on Instagram! I crossed paths with Lot on Instagram in early 2016, and ever since then I’ve been in awe of her beautiful mail art, traveler’s notebook spreads and paintings! If you want to learn more about Lot and her entrepreneurial past, or peak into her art journals and amazing mail art, continue reading! Without further ado, I present to you Lot, our eighth EVERYDAY CREATOR.
- Hey Lot! Could you please introduce yourself to the readers? (What’s your name? Where are you located? What do you do?)
Hi, I’m Lot Deleste of @ceruleancreatives from the Philippines. I was a library cafe co-owner up until early this year, now I’m about to finish my online classes in Photography and Art History. I work freelance as an events and portrait photographer. I would describe myself as a multiple media explorer.
- How long have you been crafting, journaling and creating mail art?
I remember writing in diaries ever since I was in my early teens, and while in college I always carried a simple planner with me. In it, I would write places I went to and things I did so it was a log of my daily life as well. I’ve been drawing since I was a child, and I was always begging for a 64-color Crayola set. I began making collaged and mixed-media postcards in March of 2016 as a form of art therapy, and at first I really didn’t intend on sending my works. Since I collect postcards, I began swapping them with others and soon after I tried my hand at what is called mail art. I wanted to write more and send different varieties of artwork to pen friends.
- How did get you started in crafting, journaling and mail art?
After my partner and I sold our library-cafe business, I began writing a lot more, and I felt the need to incorporate art in my daily journal. It didn’t feel enough for me to just write, and digital artwork – as much as they’re fun to make – was quite similar to what I was doing on a daily basis with my photography. I didn’t want to be working on Photoshop all the time, so I rekindled my love for analog art. This was also the time I started hunting for vintage ephemera (which I often use in my crafts). I also tried painting and illustrating again after almost 3 years of not drawing.
- As an avid reader, how have the novels and books you’ve read influenced your art and creative process?
I’d say what I read influences my writing more than my art, but books which inspire my mail art would definitely be the Griffin & Sabine saga by Nick Bantock.
I have less time to read now that I have challenged myself to create a piece of art and write 1-2 pages in my Midori traveler’s notebook every day (I still always manage to finish 3-4 books a month though). I grab a book whenever I don’t feel like making anything. It rewires my mind.
- Where do you draw inspiration from
From my studies in Photography and Art History; from nature (I studied Environmental Science previously); from several mixed-media and journal artists I find online such as @jose_naranja, @shardula, @jobsjournal (Job’s edit: Awww thanks Lot!) plus a myriad of mail-art and TN enthusiasts; and also from my partner who’s a visual artist.
- What do you do to get out of a creative slump?
Dance, read, watch a movie, walk to get coffee (…resulting in binge eating! LOL). I have lots of anxieties about my art which I’m not ashamed to disclose because I realized it’s not that unusual. Writing helps me sort out what’s going on in my mind – even if I just scribble down grocery lists, eventually it leads to actual movement and getting something done.
- Do you think you have your own artistic style or aesthetic? If so, could you explain?
I cannot encapsulate ‘my style’ as I don’t think I’ve found a particular art form to focus on yet. I only just started trying out different materials, so for now I’m just courageously exploring other media.
- Besides crafting and art, do you have any other hobbies and interests? How do these other activities tie in with your art?
I love watching old movies and art films; I sing and play guitar; I’m a World of Warcraft enthusiast; and I enjoy sorting and hunting for vintage ephemera. All of these involve a certain element of play, which is coincidentally what I think my art is for me right now.
- As a Traveler’s Notebook user, what do you primarily use your traveler’s notebook for? Do you have any other notebooks that you like to use?
I use three Traveler’s Notebooks: my brown one as a daily journal and weekly planner; my black TN as a reading journal and quotes depository; and finally my camel TN for collections and lists. I use other sketchbooks for my multiple media work (Moleskine, Strathmore, or Daler & Rowney sketchbooks, as well as a variety of paper).
- Mail art is something that I recently found out about and there is a huge community of amazing mail artists, with yourself included. Can you talk about the process of finding a pen pal and creating mail art for someone you don’t know or barely know?
- Do you have you mail art horror stories? For example, has any of your beautiful work been ruined in the mail?
I feel I’m still a newbie at it, to be honest. There are dozens of mail artists I look up to, and I’ve been so inspired by the people involved in this #snailmailrevolution. Some people have been at it for years, I hope this becomes a life-long thing for me too. I’m very shy in person so it’s like making new friends without the live awkwardness. For my outgoing mails, it’s often like an art exchange and I enjoy the idea that my work literally goes places. It didn’t take long for me to find people whose mail art I admired, and I brazenly sent them messages asking to swap. Then others found me. I’ve had amazing one-time exchanges, while some have blossomed into full-on correspondences. It was all spontaneous and exciting. So far I’ve had three experiences of lost mail, and a drenched one. Such occurrences are disappointing, but never discouraging.
- What are a few of your favourite art supplies/stationery? What is one piece of stationery or art supply you have on your wishlist?
I love using vintage ephemera because no two are completely alike. It feels like I’m sending bits of Philippine history all over the world. My most used supplies for journaling and postcards are collage bits from old books and documents, rubber stamps, distress & chalk inks, acrylics, and washi. (Everyone loves washi.) Lots of different kinds of glue – but usually Scotch Permanent glue stick. My wishlist predominantly comprises of fountain pens and inks because I’m always writing, and I’ve recently amassed watercolors and brushes because I want to send original illustrations as part of my mail art. (Hoping my relatives see this so they know what to get me for Christmas haha.) (Job’s edit: Sorry Lot! I got this interview so late but at least people know what to get you for Christmas in 2017!)
- What does art mean to you? (What a loaded question!)
I believe in the common definition of art: man-made visual objects of self-expression and self-exploration. Whether beautiful or abominable in the eyes of others, it boils down to what it is according to its creator.
- Lastly, do you have any tips or words of advice to anybody who wants to start a creative hobby?
I’ll share the advice I keep telling myself: to experiment and try to go beyond what I see as inspiration. Turn your passion into a habit: make something every day – even small pieces or unfinished work – and constantly daydream of what you could make in the future. With art incorporated in your daily routine, be ready to surprise yourself.
I hope you enjoyed the eighth interview of the EVERYDAY CREATORS series. It was a pleasure peeking into Lot’s creative process and journey. You can find Lot on Instagram with the username @CERULEANCREATIVES. Go show her some love and stay tuned for the next EVERYDAY CREATORS interview coming soon!