I don’t know why but I don’t seem to get all the email messages that are sent out (and I have checked Spam etc) but they are quite an inspiration when I do eventually get them. I didn’t receive 7 (and can’t seem to find anything online that will point me back to that creative prompt) I liked the message of Week 8 which was centred on the quote:
“Art is not for anything. Art is the ultimate goal.”
I’ve got a load of ideas buzzing round my head but I often am held back by my own fears and insecurities. I guess for jewellery it is just about how it will look but nowadays it is about ‘will it sell?’ but this quote is making me think more about my goals and my focus. Yes, it is nice when someone buys something that I’ve made but then again, I have to enjoy what I’m doing.
I am planning a little side shift in my making activities. I find that when I’m trying to work to a schedule that the creativity seems to die and I have to let it come naturally or it looks too forced, too artificial. I do receive some email prompts for creative photography but I can never realise that idea on the day it arrives so I’m planning to have a look through what I have received and see if I can schedule in some time to try and learn and capture.
I have quite an active imagination and even just listening to a piece of classical music can trigger off a part of my mind that takes me on a journey in full colour. When I was a teenager, I was a great writer, I used to get up early in the morning to write and loved that time when no one else in the house was awake. It was just me, my pen and paper, and my thoughts. I still love those times when the whole house is sleeping and I’m sitting thinking, dreaming, and quite often making. I’ve considered NaNoWriMo but that does seem too forced but it might spur me on to write regularly. I have to laugh now at my jejeune attempts at novel writing when I was in my teens, most of them were romances and centered around boy saves girl scenarios or laughable attempts to emulate that great diarist, Adrian Mole, who was so popular at that period. So I’m considering giving writing another go but I may yet retreat to a safe activity again like knitting (knitting is a little more forgiving).
What is it that awakens your creativity? Is it a particular craft? Is there one which you used to do and want to start doing again? What is it that is stopping you from doing that craft?
I was playing with the kittens yesterday and they are such fun. Tamyra is a very creative cat when it comes to finding things to play with – walnuts, bits of paper etc. She is so good at entertaining herself but she does love a nice catnip mouse.