As part of the Purposeful Dreamer Experience, each Dreamer will be sharing their creative experience in two phases.
First, the beginning of their creative journey. Their background, feelings and experiences inspiring their creative journey to bring you to the second phase which will be their final art piece and the closure of their purposeful Dreamer Experience. If you would like to learn more about the Purposeful Dreamer Experience, Click Here.
Each dreamer was given a set of questions in an effort to understand their creative process coming from many different backgrounds, ages and ethnicities. Our goal is to inspire YOU to explore your creativity and the benefits it can provide no matter where you are in life.
Today’s journey comes from another amazing big-hearted soul full of positivity and kindness that became part of my nonblood older sisters and family many years ago.
Are you a collector? When I first told Melissa about Purposeful Dreamer, she was excited to contribute and knew exactly what to do. It was really exciting to learn about her stamp collection and how she is bringing it to a new life to contribute to the Purposeful Dreamer Experience!
Whether you are a collector lover or not, I think you will enjoy her experience and the art piece that will come out of this fun and really cool hobby!
Let’s begin with Melissa’s background:
Melissa is a medical assistant, she recently moved to California with her husband who just came back from a long assignment with the Navy. I know her journey to get to this point hasn’t been easy but I remember since I met Melissa, she always knew she would be in the medical field, she was determined, studied and worked really hard to get to where she’s at in life and I’m so proud of the woman she has become.
Her younger sister and I became close friends in 11th grade, my family had recently moved to Miami. I remember visiting over and Melissa was always so welcoming and kind, I learned about many delicious Venezuelan meals from them and they always made me feel as part of their family. She was the best big sister to all of us. Fast forward 15 years later, we are all still all close friends and keep up with each other lives.
What inspired you to create your piece of art for Purposeful Dreamer?
As a coin collector, I know the feeling we develop with our collections, it’s a special kind of love. The one that every time you open its pages it brings back nice/adventure memories. When I inherited a stamp collection from a person that I did not meet personally, I could still feel the love that this person put on it, the details, the time.
I didn’t want all his efforts to go to waste/trash/disposed. By exposing the stamps in a canvas, I am able to share it with others, bring a smile and admiration to/from someone else. In addition, the stamps will continue to be appreciated too.
Was there something creative you really enjoyed as a kid or as a teenager and you no longer do?
Painting has always been my favorite hobby. Making other crafts gives me joy too. But due to time management/adulting, it was placed at the bottom of the priority list.
If creativity is still part of your life, why do you do it and what do you gain from it?
When I do set time apart for an art project. It could be any craft not just drawing. It gives me a sense of accomplishment.
Once while on Pinterest I saw a craft made out of copper wire and made a bookmark in the shape of a flower and an air plant stand with a rock and wire around.) It feels good to make stuff you can use!
What feelings of the creative process have you experienced this far?
The amount of knowledge that I got from the research of every stamp has been such an existing process.
To learn the history of how all the countries in the world have gone through this independence stage. Getting their own name, flag, and territory. Even selecting their language by ditching another. It makes me happy to have all this new information.
What do you hope to gain from your creative experience?
My gain from it is just to bring happiness. Not just to myself for making it. But to others that will appreciate the stamps. The history behind each country/city they represent. That the goal of the original collector will be accomplished: To get the admiration of others from his finds.
Melissa Guzman, Purposeful Dreamer