The Looking Room Soundscape, drum, flute, tamporine [played by Adele Nedelcu] 2017
For as long as I can remember I have surrounded my self with books that describe and define the creative process. I have indulged in and devoured these words and they have shaped my practice.
In recent months I have been making jewellery using silver-smithing techniques combined with found and made objects and vintage beads. Something happens to me when I am absorbed in the process of making that I am really interested in exploring, because, I think it makes me a better, more productive and more innovative individual in other areas of my life.
What is this creative spark? How do we define it to enable us as humans to harness the potential it brings us? How can committing to take some ‘creative space’ shift us forward in our lives in ways we wouldn’t have imagined?
To try to find answers to these questions that intrigue me and spark my curiosity, I have promised to commit to a ’60 minute creative space’ every week and I’m going to see what happens.
Last Thursday I was tired, a bit grumpy and ready for an evening in front of the telly. I needed a LOT of persuading to do what I knew I needed to do. I needed to sit for 60 minutes with a pencil and sketch book and come up with a design for a new piece of jewellery I would like to make. I fought and battled with my self. I came up with so many reasons not to do it that were all justifiable and sound. But, something compelled me, I made the effort and I did it. The first thing I noticed was how the practice changed my mood. I felt elevated. I felt better.
The second thing I noticed was that even though I had to push so hard to get there, what I achieved was beyond my expectations. I was pleased with the design and surprised that my tired grumpy brain could produce anything at all, let alone something that was delightful.
The third thing I noticed was how the time spent planning my design for just one hour actually made a spark in my mind that stayed with me for over 5 days, where I would often find myself solving the problems of construction I faced ahead. It was like I created a pattern that resonated there, growing and fuelling the idea over time. If I hadn’t have taken the 60 minute creative space, I wouldn’t have had that. I think this shows that creative time can sow seeds of innovation.
I am going to commit to another ‘creative space’ this week, and sit with what emerges…..