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Episode 83: Creativity in Practice with Artist Hollis Chatelain

Hollis Chatelain is a textile artist and humanitarian. She also teaches creativity. In this episode, she shares exercises and techniques she teaches her students to help them tap into the creativity that is already within.

What You’ll Learn

  • New exercises to help you get new ideas
  • Why and how to embrace boredom
  • Why journaling might not be the best way to foster your creativity

About Hollis Chatelain

Hollis Chatelain has inspired people around the globe with her award-winning scenes of multicultural life. She first went to Africa with the PeaceCorps in 1980.

Influenced by the 12 years she lived in West Africa working with humanitarian organizations, her work has always reflected her dedication to social and environmental issues.

Hollis has worked as a professional artist for over 40 years creating textile paintings that convey the untold stories of women, children and the environment.


Weekly Challenge

Go sit in a place where you feel relaxed. Just sit and daydream. Be in the moment. What do you see, hear, smell? Tap into your senses and what’s going on around you. It’s not emptying your brain as in meditation, it’s about noticing and being bored. Do this for 15 minutes. Can you do it for 7 days? What did you notice? Do you start looking forward to it?


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