Make It Mighty Ugly: Exercises & Advice for Getting Creative Even When It Ain't Pretty

Make It Mighty Ugly: Exercises & Advice for Getting Creative Even When It Ain't Pretty

by Kim Piper Werker, Kate Bingaman-Burt
     
 

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Fans of DIY projects and crafts will conquer their fear of failure and create their own masterpieces using this fun and inspiring handbook. Get Crafty. Make Great Stuff. Be Creative! The number one fear of all creative types—crafters, DIYers, makers, artists—is that failure lurks right around the corner. Crafty blogger and creativity guru Kim

Overview

Fans of DIY projects and crafts will conquer their fear of failure and create their own masterpieces using this fun and inspiring handbook. Get Crafty. Make Great Stuff. Be Creative! The number one fear of all creative types—crafters, DIYers, makers, artists—is that failure lurks right around the corner. Crafty blogger and creativity guru Kim Piper Werker urges everyone to pick up their pen or paintbrush or scissors and make something mighty ugly: get that “failure” out of the way. This friendly book offers up a multi-pronged approach to overcoming creative fears through inspiring essays and anecdotes, interviews, exercises and prompts, and sage advice from all over the creative spectrum to help individuals slay their creative demons.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
For every person who produces creative works there are legions who do not because of their fear of failing or of producing "bad" work. Werker (Crochet Me ) encourages everyone to push through that fear and just go ahead and make something, no matter how it turns out. Divided into three parts: "name the demons," "make stuff," and "keep on making stuff," the book highlights the most common creative demons and discusses how to move beyond them in an engaging and friendly manner. The author uses prompts, exercises, and her own and others' personal experiences to show that creativity does not have to be beautiful; in fact, it can be mighty ugly. VERDICT Werker provides a thoughtful look at the internal voices that keep people from expressing their creativity in a book that will work well beyond the crafting world; anyone needing to identify their own blocks will find this inspiring title useful in their own lives.
Library Journal

Make It Mighty Ugly: Exercises and Advice for Getting Creative Even When It Ain't Pretty, by Kim Werker, has us aim directly for failure so we can get it over with. Upbeat without being saccharine, Kim invites us to identify our personal monsters and listen to what they have to say in a series of exercises designed to loosen up our creative muscles. Even if you think you don't have any creative blocks, you may find the exercises to be a little scary. You didn't think there was a monster under your bed...until you really looked, and found one. The author is up front about this, and says you are on the right track if you are feeling anxious when you start to look. Sprinkled throughout the book are recommendations for additional material, including links to projects and talks, as well as anecdotes and quotes from people Kim interviewed about their creative demons.
Knitty.com

So you want to live a more passion-filled, pur­pose­ful and cre­ative life...rii­i­ight after you watch that Sein­feld re-run, orga­nize your Tup­per­ware drawer, talk to your cat Pro­fes­sor Snug­gles, and water your cac­tus plant. Sound famil­iar? The anx­i­ety over start­ing a cre­ative project and mak­ing it per­fect can be so over­whelm­ing at times that we’d rather do almost any­thing else. Solu­tion? Do it—and make it ugly. In fact, Make it Mighty Ugly says Kim Piper Werker, the author behind the moti­vat­ing hand­book for van­quish­ing cre­ative demons.
Sad Mag

Even if you’re living your passion at a full time job and looking for a guide to help you become a "creative person" this book is absolutely worth the buy. . .you don’t have to have been a girl scout with a sewing machine to be creative! And Make It Mighty Ugly teaches readers how to do just that. How to embrace your inner child who wasn’t afraid to make ugly things (and mistakes) and create.
Hands Occupied

The Mighty Ugly project is about making things that are ugly on purpose, "in a continuing effort to challenge our definitions, perceptions, and expectations of failure." Creator Kim Werker has a whole book coming out on the subject in 2014, if you’re moved to make some of your own (very liberating) failure-successes.
BuzzFeed 

If you are creative, you need this book. If you want to be creative? You needed this yesterday. I seriously love it. I would read a page or two and then launch myself off my couch to Do Something Awesome. 
Rachael Herron, Yarn-a-Go-Go 

I haven’t read a book this helpful to artists and other creative types since reading a little book called The Artist’s Way. . . 
Sew Country Chick

A great book for anyone who creates or wants to (from writers, crafters, painters, etc.), with a step-by-step approach using exercises that gently instruct readers to push their boundaries, identifying strengths and weaknesses and encouraging readers to get their hands dirty, working though creative blocks, procrastination, and finally sharing one's work. 
Poppytalk

. . .What we loved most about Mighty Ugly is that it retains its inspiration and effectiveness even as you return to it time and again. It's rare to find a self-help-for-creativity book that is so very accessible, with the perfect mix of humor and thoughtfulness. . . 
Crafting Connections

At the root of so many human endeavors is creativity and this book is here as a guide through the messy, uncomfortable, untidy spectacular mess of it all.
A Happy Stitch

Kim does an amazing job of connecting with us as creative readers.  I really believe that this book can be useful to more than just the creatives that it is geared towards. The exercises challenge you to dig deep and gather all of your demons and then tell them off. 
Casa Crafty

Library Journal
★ 07/01/2014
For every person who produces creative works there are legions who do not because of their fear of failing or of producing "bad" work. Werker (Crochet Me) encourages everyone to push through that fear and just go ahead and make something, no matter how it turns out. Divided into three parts: "name the demons," "make stuff," and "keep on making stuff," the book highlights the most common creative demons and discusses how to move beyond them in an engaging and friendly manner. The author uses prompts, exercises, and her own and others' personal experiences to show that creativity does not have to be beautiful; in fact, it can be mighty ugly. VERDICT Werker provides a thoughtful look at the internal voices that keep people from expressing their creativity in a book that will work well beyond the crafting world; anyone needing to identify their own blocks will find this inspiring title useful in their own lives. [See Q&A with Werker, p. 84.]—Kristi Chadwick, Massachusetts Lib. Syst., South Deerfield

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570619144
Publisher:
Sasquatch Books
Publication date:
08/26/2014
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
744,577
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

KIM PIPER WERKER is a writer and freelance editor who tries to make something—anything—every day. Many of those things are awful; some are not. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, she lives in Vancouver, BC. Learn more about her work, teaching schedule, and rag-tag adventures at KimWerker.com. For more on Mighty Ugly, including links to resources and a book-club guide, visit MightyUgly.com.

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