If you’ve been in the paper craft world for more than a second, you’ve probably heard the name Jowilna Nolte. Jowilna is one of the most talented people that I have ever had the pleasure of meeting! This phenomenal woman is an artist, photographer, author and teacher who seems to be on a mission of creation and inspiration.
I feel truly honoured to have the opportunity to welcome Jowilna to my little blog! I trust that together we will create and most of all have fun on our journey in filling these pages with inspirational content.
You are welcome to read Jowilna’s full bio on her website (click here), but I wanted to try and maybe see a different side to Jowilna so I’ve asked her a couple of questions.
Please could you briefly introduce yourself?
I have been in the industry for a long time and still love being creative. We live on a bushveld farm close to nature at Hartbeespoort with my DH and furry kids. When you throw open the doors nature is literally inside and out but it keeps me sane. I love scrapbooking, have way too many rubber stamps and wish I was a professional photographer. I teach scrapbooking across the country and design for various local and international distributors and manufacturers promoting their products – this really is my dream job.
We all know the life of an artist is tough, so why do you do what you do?
Because I don’t have a choice comes to mind – the human brain is so complicated and when you are truly a creative soul then that is what you do day and night. It is in me and I have tried many a times to escape this life, but it is impossible – I live, breathe, eat and sleep art.
Do you have a specific process to get the juices flowing or does it come naturally?
We all need help sometimes – for me it is painting something, mostly furniture these days (and yes I am running out of things to paint). I love browsing home furniture stores for inspiration on colour, texture, design principles – you learn from the best of the best inside those walls. I am mostly inspired by the product itself though – if the creativity flows then I can create, otherwise I need to walk away and find some water to calm my mind and soul.
What’s integral to the work of an artist?
Understanding from those looking in from the outside. People rarely understand true artists that live to be creative. We struggle to fit into society and their rules. But mostly for me it is silence…
What role does the artist have in society?
None! We rarely fit in apart from when you die. No seriously, society is tough on artists. Because we don’t do it for the money yet need it to survive… Society can learn a lot from artists – God Himself is an artist and shared those gifts with us all, but just look at the world – the state it is in, society has lost the artistic way and instead commissioned a world of wealth and greed with no colour.
If you could change one perception in this world, what would that be?
Pearl Buck wrote: The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him… a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create—so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating. I wish for people to understand the creative mind and soul…
What types of projects do you most enjoying doing?
Those that happen all by themselves. I love creating scrapbook layouts and cards – they come naturally. But I think what I enjoy most is just playing with inks and stamps – creating bits and pieces, not quite art journaling, more like art scraps.
What’s your strongest positive childhood memory?
Spending time with my dad in the hospital waiting while he did his rounds. I miss him!
If you were an artwork, which one would it be?
A tough one – probably the one I own. It’s bright and beautiful and a bit comical by Dr.Elwin Buchel. A set of birds flying over a village with a church – it’s kind of how I feel in life – separated and seeing things from a distance.
Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?
My first day in publishing – I learned that I either have to fit in or life would swallow me whole. My boss was tough but what I learned was really valuable…
What’s your most embarrassing moment?
What jobs have you done other than in the arts & crafts industry?
Real jobs – none – they are all art and craft related!
You have written 2 books, correct? Could you tell us a little about hem and where we could buy them?
My first book was on cardmaking/invites “Kaartjies vir special geleenthede” – it seems like a lifetime ago. One of my bucket list things ticked off. It was written to inspired brides to make their own invites to save money – mostly because those beautiful invites are just thrown away and in the end they cost a fortune to make, but if you make them yourself you save a lot of money that can be put to good use.
The second is my passion called “Scrap-Boek” – about scrapbooking on a budget and making things, creating techniques and effects using things around the house. If you live on a budget you think on a budget and you never have an excuse not to be creative. Both books have limited stock left but can be sourced from Lapa Books, sold in CNA, exclusive books (selected) and other smaller book stores.
If you were a shoe, what kind of shoe would you be?
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
A lady needs her own money…
What couldn’t you do without?
Faith and hope
What are you doing when you’re not creating? What (other) hobbies do you have?
Thinking about creating…I paint furniture.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I had my first brain scan when I was a few months old…I told you it is a complicated thing!
What is your favourite:
Colour: navy/white and red
Season: winter with snow
Movie: just about anything Bruce Willis makes… he’s just a great actor.
Book: The Bible and the DSMv – Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – I am not a reader – my head is too busy to concentrate and focus.
Do you collect anything?
Know any good jokes?
Life. I am so not funny :)
Do you social media? Or what is the best way to get in touch with you?
Via e-mail, stalk me on Facebook and maybe I should get that Instagram account active. I hate phones…
It has been an absolute pleasure learning a little more about Jowilna!
Please watch this space to see how this exciting creative journey unfolds! As always, let me know how you think & feel in the comments hereunder :)