Being a Princess in the Kingdom of Creativity

I’ve sewn a princess crown out of fabric.

Detail of DIY fabric crown, sewn by iHanna

I just wanted to.

DIY fabric crown, sewn by iHanna

I don’t know where or when I will be wearing it, if ever, but I looove it! It looks great on my head, standing on a shelf or hanging from the crystal chandelier! It’s a piece of fabric art, do I need to explain it further? Maybe.

When my aunt saw the Princess Crown she asked me:

– What is it? What’s it for?

I didn’t have a good answer. If you don’t get it, you just don’t. It’s like asking why artists paint art – you can’t eat paintings, right? You can’t really do anything with them at all. But for a true artist creativity is something that has to be released. The creative force asks us to make things and there is no possible way to avoid following that force once you let it in. There is no way to escape once you unleashed the force of creativity! It is like a living thing… You might question it, but you have to go with the flow it creates, listen to your materials and follow through on your creative and crazy ideas…

(There is a thin line between crazy people and artists, you know? :-)

DIY Fabric Princess Crown - detail

Princess in the Kingdom of Creativity

Follow your own creative instincts. Don’t listen to aunts who don’t get you. You will eventually become a Princess in the Kingdom of Creativity, where love and passion rules. Just proceed with what you’re creating, and stay there long enough.

I’m a princess living here for quite a while now. Are you? Only you can decide if you want a piece of that cake, and to what level you want to join. You can choose to only make useful stuff, like mittens and socks, but you can also go beyond that and try to make something just because you want to experiment with the material. To beautify the world, to change your outlook and maybe even effect how others view life with your art. If you’re sensitive enough you will feel what wants to become – and you will help it to the world.

I'm a princess, are you? Photo and digital play by iHanna, Copyright Hanna Andersson

Close your eyes, breath in, breath out. Focus and relax. Yes it might sound like a contradiction to both relax and focus, but once you’ve experienced creativity you will know what I mean!

Doodle in your sketchbook, play with your tools, be inspired by others and find your own creativity. It’s within you already – I just know it. Don’t let your inner critic get to you! You can draw, you can start an art journal, you can sew something, you can learn the other stuff later! Just start, become a princess of Creativity, because princesses of Creativity have more fun! ;-)

It was fun making it, you know? That’s my answer to why do it. It makes me happy! I loved to design it and to sew all those small glittery things to the surface! I had fun with the process and also fun while editing these images in Photoshop. I might have to post more self portraits another time.

I really want to make more crowns, but I don’t know if others would like to own a DIY fabric princess crown or would wear it in their life.

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30 Responses to Being a Princess in the Kingdom of Creativity

  1. Annette says:

    Helt fantastisk!!!!

  2. Sharon says:

    That’s wonderful!
    I think Smilla needs one too!

  3. imolly says:

    vad fin, urgullig och helt helt underbar!!

  4. Fiona says:

    Brilliant! We are need to release our inner princess!

  5. sama says:

    You’re so damn right! That is exactly why we make art/write/create, it “asks be made and there is no way to avoid making it.”

  6. Mia says:

    Underbart skrivet! Det g?r rakt in i mitt f?rstenade kreativa hj?rta. Tack! Jag ska genast f?rs?ka besegra draken och inta min kreativ tron.

  7. Sister Diane says:

    Beautiful crown! Beautiful post! You are such a wonderful creative spirit.

  8. It’s so cute! There comes a time in every woman’s life when she desperately needs a crown like this, great job! *^v^*

  9. Nancy from Northern California says:

    Please make some crowns for your Etsy shop!

  10. Posidriv says:

    For eit fantastisk vakkert lite kunstverk! Wow!

  11. Coramie says:

    Just wanted to let you know that I find your site always inspiring. I have so many ideas to explore and watching the process with you gives me confidence to follow my creative soul. Thank you so much!

  12. MissKoolAid says:

    That is one gorgeous crown!

    I feel exactly the same way about creating. I don’t do it to have something useful or that will bring food on the table. I create because I have to. I make paintings and drawings and all that other stuff that has no other purpose other than just being there, created by me, because I have to. If I don’t create, it’s like I’m not breathing right.

    You should wear your crown to write the rest of your Nano novel!

    *hugs*
    Sophie

  13. Amy says:

    It’s sooooo cool!

  14. U2Kitteh says:

    Aww, it’s cute!! I like all the little sequins. If I were a princess, I would insist on sequins.

    You are a very wise and thoughtful princess too! I have to admit that I am one of those people that questions why we make art..yet still create. I find that I always have an excuse. I love ATCs because one collects them. (That’s doing something with them right?) Another reason I like to give on why I create art is because it’s cheaper than therapy! =cD

    Oooh…and I agree with Sharon. Smilla must have a little kitty princess crown too! We love Smilla. You know, she really needs an official fan club!

  15. Maikki says:

    You just put it right. If something has to be made it will force you to make it. The idea, crazy, useful or not does not let you escape with any excuses. You can’t eat it OK but you can LOOK at it, enjoy the result of the flow. It’s for your health!

    Keep up and stay happy :)

  16. ?stman says:

    But Hanna, you’re 1/3 artist, 1/3 crazy person and 1/3 princess. That’s why you’re so lovely and fun.

  17. jaYne says:

    On my list of blogs, your’s is in the top 3…. I always check yours out first. Love the crown…

  18. jaYne says:

    On my list of blogs, your’s is in the top 3…. I always check yours out first. Love the crown…

  19. eugeniagina says:

    people need to be crazy to make invention! just go!- make things- design things- have fun! thats what life is.. Btw. how about an elf hat for christmas? heehee

  20. sansku :) says:

    Just found you. I looooove this crown. I totally get it why you need to have one. ;)

  21. Cecilie says:

    Den er NYDELIG!

  22. Raisa says:

    ?h, jag t?nker att det ?r precis s?nad?r som dels prinsess-sj?lade vuxna vill ha eller kanske ge till sina barn och som dessutom skulle kunna st? p? en byr? i ett inrednings-reportage. (= sell sell!)

  23. Kajsa says:

    I’m sure people would like to buy your crowns! It is beautiful! I feel exactly like you about being creative! I used to think I couldn’t draw, now I make a living on my doodles ;-)

  24. Jojo says:

    Fantastiskt vacker prinsesskrona! Helt otroligt!!! En s?n skulle man ha till vardags n?r man g?r och handlar p? ICA :)

  25. nadine says:

    i completely agree with you… there are so many times i feel i have to explain everything i do in a creative way and why do i do them!! “because i needed/wanted to” doesn’t seem to make some people understand :/ anyway, love love love your crown :)

  26. jmbmommy says:

    Wow…I have been thinking of the crown for ages…you have made one so pretty! I love it. I listened to your craftypod interview the other day and it was just wonderful. THanks!

  27. kelly says:

    I wanted to let you know that you inspired me to make a crown for my mother for her birthday. It ended up rather different from yours (I think I should have used more sequins), but thanks so much for the inspiration!

    If you’d like to see mine (and read all about my trials and tribulations while making it), you can read my blog post here:

    http://transcraftinental.blogspot.com/2007/11/my-mom-is-princess.html

    Thank you again for the inspiration. Not just on this project, but every day.

  28. AnnaA says:

    Super! Gulligast! G?r mig glad. :)

  29. Melissa says:

    This crown is amazing. My four-year-old daughter, who thinks she’s a princess, would love it!

  30. Elizabeth says:

    Fabulous- I need to make my own crown. This post was just what I needed to see. Thank you.

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