Happy FriYAY my Friends!
I'm just jumping right in today because I'm SO EXCITED. Today, we're learning a little more about Mathew Boudreaux, or, as most of us know him, @MisterDomestic. I'll even embarrass myself a bit by admitting that I did an INSANE happy dance when he agreed to this interview. Squee! And if you somehow haven't discovered his genius already, prepare to have your mind blown!
1) Tell us a little about yourself-- your family, your creative background, your other interests, etc. Well, I'm 40, work in the pharmaceutical industry by day, and live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband and our 3 1/2 year old daughter. I've always been intensely left brain and intensely right brain my whole life because I didn't want to choose between the two and now I find that if I'm not fulfilling both sides my life becomes literally imbalanced. On the artistic side, I've worked in theater, I was a model for a few years back when I didn't mind being hungry, I jumped behind the camera as a photographer when I wanted to start eating again and then I found my current obsession a few year ago when Helena was born. I thought it would be a neato way to bond with her if I could make cool clothes and I quickly discovered that I was pretty fearless and had quite the knack.
2) You recently taught your first class! Congrats! How was it? What did you teach, and how is that thing uniquely yours? OMG my first class was so much fuuun!! I used to be a high school teacher right out of college and really missed it so I'm stoked to have it back in my life. I taught my improv Flower Block, which is a great way to throw all rules out the window. I really don't feel that anything I do is unique per se, but like I don't have that little voice in my head that tells me I can't do something. So if I'm able to inspire others to do the same in the classroom then my job is done really.
3) You are an expert at pushing yourself creatively and experimenting with new concepts. How do you stay inspired, and what are your favorite ways to jumpstart new ideas? Well, I'm still relatively new to all this, so I'm really inspired by learning new skills and trying new things. I'm drawn to projects that make me question whether I can actually do it and then I jump right in. Or like once I've learned something, I like to think of ways to next level it. And honestly, once I post something online, even if it's fabric and an idea, I feel like I have to actually do it. So it keeps me accountable. And then like the interweb has so much inspiration like I have no idea how anyone's inspiration well could be dry. So my favorite way to jumpstart an idea is to just jump in the deep end!
4) How is creative community important to your work? The creative community is everything. Without it, I wouldn't even be half the sewist that I am now. Like everyone is so generous and non-judgemental and ready to help any time any day. Outside of a few trolls, the community feels like an oasis of positivity and encouragement that I'm grateful to be a part of.
5) What advice do you have for makers and artists on their creative journey? My favorite thing to say to anyone doing anything is "you do you." Like don't compare yourself to others and don't try to be anything but your authentic self. Another lame saying I say often is that "it's about the journey not the destination." So like enjoy the process even if it goes awry and gets all jacked like sewing and making is the funnest. And don't be afraid to be vulnerable and ask questions and reach out to people you admire and are inspired by. I know my favorite thing is chatting with everyone and am still gobsmacked that anyone finds me interesting because I'm a big goober. So basically, jump in, do you, the journey is the best part and don't be scared.
Mathew-- thank you so much for taking the time to be here today! Y'all, hustle on over to Mathew's Instagram @misterdomestic to see these lovely photos again plus many more, and be sure to follow him to have your mind blown on a regular basis. While you're at it, follow me @stringandstory to see all my antics, too.
Happy antic-ing, y'all!
PS I'll post an update about #OperationSmiley this weekend. Stay tuned!