Interview: Wellbeing and Fulfilment through Art with Georgie St Clair

Georgie St Clair is a self taught collage artist, content creator and fashion illustrator, living in Brighton with her three children.

What does art mean to you?

Art keeps me sane. It’s my meditation and creative outlet. I firmly believe it is essential to my sense of wellbeing. I’d love to work in an art therapy setting one day I’m so passionate about it.

How long have you been creating it?

For as long as I can remember. As I child I was always drawing, creating, painting, sticking, playing. And I don’t think I will ever stop creating, either.

When did you first consider yourself an artist?

It’s taken me a very long time to call myself an artist. I thought that was an exclusive term for people who had gone to art school, who made ‘serious art’. It’s only really in the last couple of years that I realised I can’t live without creating. I was born an artist. I confidently say I am an artist.

Where does your desire to create some from?

That’s a hard question to answer! I don’t really know. It’s a very physical feeling for me. I feel an urge and get very agitated if I don’t have the opportunity to do something creative.

I have been drawing and creating ever since I can remember.

I’ll get ideas in my head that will keep me awake at night until I do something about them. Where does that come from? My brain? The universe? Who knows?

Have you ever ignored or repressed it?

Yes much to my detriment. I got depressed. I’ve suffered from depression from around age 11. My creativity has seen me through some very tough times.

A creative lifestyle leads to a sense of fulfilment and wellbeing.

If I ignore it, I start to get very down. That’s why I believe so much that our creativity is important for our sense of wellbeing.

Is the act of creation a spiritual one for you?

It’s definitely a meditative activity for me. It’s also an act that connects me to a feeling of something bigger than my physical presence. But I wouldn’t describe it as spiritual. Sometimes the act of creation is downright frustrating!

Where do you draw inspiration from?

I walk a lot and observing the cycles of the seasons through flowers and foliage definitely inspires me. On the other hand, I also draw inspiration from high fashion, theatre, film, dance – anything that gives me a sense of fantasy and other worldliness. The heights that our human imaginations can reach amazes me.

Do you ever experience doubt or fear about sharing your work?

Yes all of the time. But there’s no point leaving it in a draw or sketchbook gathering dust. Get it out there. You never know who may see it and what opportunities may come along as a result of you sharing your creations.

Do you have any advice for anyone unsure about how to be creative?

Walk, sit in silence, embrace boredom, dance around your kitchen with abandon. Then get your paint, pens, clay or brushes out and just start.

I believe art and creativity can enhance everyone’s life.