While writing for The Restless Times, I "met" a girl named Hannah. I recently talked to her about who she is, and what she does.
Jenna: Hello Hannah!! It's nice to be chatting with you. Give me a brief introduction of yourself.
Hannah: Hello there! My name is Hannah Blizzard (yes that really is my real name), I'm a young artist and published author (such a surreal thing to say) who lives in Toronto, Canada. I'm still in school, and will be for awhile, and while sometimes it's an immense struggle to pursue all the things my soul wants to, I find myself living what I hope to look back on as a meaningful life. thanks for the interview!
JE: So happy to have you! The coolest name around. You mentioned that you're a young artist and author, and an amazing one, so tell me how you got started on those.
HB: Well writing has always been more of a natural instinct for me, but surprisingly if i analyze these past few years, I've pursued art more. I have theories about that (mostly to do with the need for gratification and encouragement - something I found through social media) but I think that if I find a balance between my writing and my art, I'll find someplace where I can truly thrive. Currently I draw a lot more than I write, but my roots really are in writing. I am an avid journal-writing-person (yay for self awareness and discovery!), and since a young age I've had a heart full of stories to tell. Yet I struggle a whole ton, because despite this, something I have not yet discovered about myself is holding that writing magic back. Art on the other hand is not something that came engraved in me. I think right now and in the past it's been the easiest form of self expression, which is why I've pursued it more.
JE: So because you feel like writing came more natural to you, or as something just a part of you more than visual art did, do you feel like writing is somehow more true to your emotions?
HB: I think that maybe I just am more adept at expressing my emotions through writing. I think that any form of self expression is fundamentally true to your emotions, but I feel more of connection with writing at times because it is easier for me. I think I can express the same emotions to the same extent with art, but it's with more a struggle because at times I find my skills lacking.
JE: Have you ever felt that because it seemingly takes so much more "skill" to create visual art as opposed to crafting sentences, you're discouraged? And how do you overcome that feeling of defeat, especially when having access to the art of others, who seem "better" or "more experienced"?
HB: I have felt very discouraged because of that, but funnily enough writing usually helps me past that. When I'm feeling down about my art and I see the fantastic art of all these other people, I do feel like what I create is pointless or not good enough, but what i do then is I remind myself why I draw. I draw for a lot of different tiny reasons, but one main one; to tell stories. I know that if I only told stories through my writing I'd be fine, I could cope with that, but it's just not as fun. I remind myself that I write but I also draw because those two things work so well together. I link my writing to my art and my art to my writing and somehow they keep each other going.
JE: It's so odd how everything eventually comes full circle, in every aspect, isn't it? Although the undermining factor is there in every artists heart, do you think your creations lift you up? And do you find yourself reaching for your pen as a creative outlet, or an emotional one?
HB: It is odd, and something I love to ponder about. I do think my creations lift me up, even if they are heavy ones, created with anger or sadness. They still lift me up because I've let those feelings go through expressing it in either my art or writing. I think I reach to create mostly, but most things i create are driven by some form of emotion. Possibly writing is more of an emotional outlet and art if more of a creative outlet in my case.
JE: In terms of creativity, and emotion in a sense, what/who do you find yourself drawing inspiration from most?
HB: I draw a lot of inspiration from just everyday life, human nature, certain atmospheres and moments. I can't say I draw inspiration from everything easily, but usually a few times a day a moment makes me aware of *something*. I don't act on all these moments of inspiration, but when I do I find what I create to have a good amount of meaning.
JE: Do you draw inspiration from the bad, as well as the good? With so much going on in the world, do you think it's almost necessary to turn pain into something more?
HB: I do draw inspiration from the bad in life. I usually call those pieces vent art, and they're more about raw expression then refined techniques and such. I do believe pain is something powerful, and because right now there's so much of it in the world, one way to heal is to turn into into something more by creating with it.
JE: And finally, from all the art that has sprouted from you like flowers, what is the piece most dear to your heart?
HB: I feel pretty attached to everything I create (even all the mistakes) but one piece that I'll always love is a landscape I did for my dad a few years back. It was the first piece I spent more than an hour on, and I put so much work into it. I didn't know what I was doing at all, but I learnt so much and gained a respect for myself and my artistic side.
JE: What do you hope to accomplish through all the art you create?
HB: In the beginning I will admit I solely wanted admiration, but I've long since moved past that. I hope that I can inspire others, and I hope that somehow what I create has meaning for others as well.
JE: You are such a light Hannah!! Thank you loads :)
JE: Where on the interwebs can everyone find you to check out your work?
HB: Just here (@weepingtea)! I did have a Tumblr but I've been taking a break, and I'm not currently posting my writing anywhere :)
HB: And you're welcome! thanks for this!
Some of Hannah's art
With love, J