Stephanie Capps Dyke on Mindfulness and Creativity

Stephanie is just a small-town girl, living in a lonely world. She’s really a quilter, mixed media artist and writer living in Baltimore, Maryland. Stephanie’s story goes something like this: Five years in art school led to an unfulfilling corporate career and a very sad 10-year creative hiatus. When her inner child said, “Hey, knock that off!” she found meditation and a renewed interest in making stuff. Mindfulness and creativity have become an important part of Stephanie’s day-to-day, and she is always looking for ways to connect the two in fun and meaningful (but mostly fun) ways. She blogs at Creative + Mindful, and you can find more of her quirky brand of inspiration in her Secret Design Portfolio.

At Midwest Craft Con, she’ll be teaching: Time Management, and Mindfulness and the Creative Mind.

Why do you do what you do?

I make things because I can’t imagine not making things! I have an internal creative drive, and I feel lost if I’m not able to express it in some way. And I teach because I have learned some lessons along the way, and I think it’s everyone’s duty to pass along knowledge that can be helpful to others.

What’s your earliest crafty memory?

I’m pretty sure I emerged from the womb with a glue gun and some fabric scraps. My mom is a crafter/seamstress and schlepped me along to craft shows, fabric stores, etc., since I was born so crafting is in my DNA. I do remember being about 3 years old and coveting the fabric my mother was working with… then she left her scissors unattended. You can imagine the rest.

What crafty personality would you most like to get a drink with?

I had the privilege of attending a lecture with Amy Barickman a while back and got to speak with her for a couple of minutes. I would love to spend more time with her — she is fascinating.

What advice would you go back and give your younger self?

Deep down, YOU know what makes you happy and fulfilled. Don’t be led astray by what others think you should do. Make smart choices but don’t be afraid to take risks! (and don’t waste so much money on high heels — once you turn 40, you will regret it)

What’s your favorite craft business book?

I recently read Online Marketing for Your Craft Business by Hilary Pullen — I’m not a social media whiz, so it was a great primer for me. Also, although it’s not really a book, I religiously read Where Women Create: Business by Stampington & Co./Somerset Studio. Lots of inspiring stories in there.

How did you get where you are today, in 10 words or less? 🙂

By being stubborn! And learning from my mistakes.

What are your goals for 2016?

If I put it in writing, am I on the hook? Hah! Seriously, though, I’m presently working on putting more classes online, on my own platform. I’m also lining up some proposals for publications and speaking engagements throughout the year.


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