Welcome to Inspiraculum, virtual home to Melinda Schwakhofer, artist and purveyor of creativity in its myriad forms.
Here, I share my artwork and my creative process, what I see in my world and how I feel about it, random observations, the meaningful events which chart and shape my journey, and the beautiful things which add enrichment and positive energy to my life.
I am an American born artist of Muscogee (Creek), Austrian and French descent. I currently live on Dartmoor in the southwest of England with
my True Love, Steve Coxon.
I am an INFP (The Dreamer) and Enneagram Type 4 (The Romantic).
I am highly creative, artistic and spiritual, and love to produce wonderful works of art. While I do love to show and sell my artwork, the act of creating is a fulfilling source of renewal and refreshment to me. I find great satisfaction in developing my artistic abilities and encouraging the creativity in others. I occasionally offer 1:1 and small group sessions in Creativity Coaching. I have an Open Studio about once a year and welcome old friends and new guests into my home/studio to view and purchase my latest artworks.
I have been an artist all of my life and have been working with fibre since 1997. I love the color and tactile sensuality of fibres and textiles. The process of gathering and stitching together various materials is a metaphor for gathering and piecing together my life experiences.
I am deeply moved by the worlds around me and inside of me. My art making comes from a very deep and still place. The art work is successful if another person has been able to see and experience what is beneath the surface, hidden but visible to those who take the time to look and really see.
The primary inspirations for my art work are nature, architecture and urban structures. I begin with an experience, feeling, vision or words that inspire me. I often have a general idea about the color palette, size, materials and structure (2D or 3D) of the piece. During the making of my design, I keep the process fluid enough to respond to how the art work itself will develop. Often the finished piece will have evolved from my initial vision.