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Kim Werker's mighty ugly art workshops foster creativity

10/07/2014 04:25 EDT | Updated 12/07/2014 05:59 EST
A Vancouver author is hosting ugly art workshops in a bid to encourage creativity and challenge perfectionism.

Kim Werker is the author of Make It Mighty Ugly, a response to people who avoid arts and crafts because they're afraid things won't turn out beautiful every time.

"When you make it ugly on purpose to begin with, then you get all that failure out of the way, and there's nowhere to go but up," she told Rick Cluff on The Early Edition.

She's currently on a book tour across North America, leading discussions and crafting sessions, and will be speaking in Vancouver Tuesday night.

When she was a teen, and even into her 20s, Werker doubted she could ever be artistic.

She was working in the craft industry at the time, and ironically, part of her job was encouraging other people to be creative.

It also meant she had to try new things on a daily basis.

Soon she didn't really care if her final products were great works of art or not.

"I think I was creative all along," she said.

"It's not that suddenly I woke up creative one day. I just stopped telling myself I wasn't."

Werker says it doesn't matter if our creativity leads to a masterpiece or a misstep.

The only thing that matters is whether or not you enjoyed the process.

"I can't carry a tune for my life, but I love singing when I'm alone in the car," she said.

Werker says her work is about confronting "creative demons."

"It's examining the things we don't do and why we don't do them, and make sure we ... don't do them because we don't enjoy them or because it makes us feel bad, rather than because other people might think we're terrible."

Kim Werker will be speaking tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Hot Art Wet City (2206 Main St., Vancouver) as part of Make Your Voice Heard: The Intersection of Craft, Creativity, & Activism.

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