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Saturday, January 14, 2006

On Creativity

The urge to create often takes several different directions.  Musicians become painters.  Actors do needlework while waiting on the set, or else write the screenplays in which they star.  Artists enjoy gardening, using their color sense to make vibrant beds of flowers.  And so on, and so on.  I’ve just returned from a quilting retreat.  Quilting entered my life about ten years ago when I took a class, just to keep my sister-in-law company.  Like so many before me, I was hooked by the interplay of color and graphic design.  Now it’s one of my favorite recreations—funny how that word has “create” as its root, isn’t it?  I have a quilting room that overflows with fabric, patterns and notions, and own seven or eight sewing machines, from a modern marvel by Viking to a circa 1870 treadle machine.  I collect sewing implements, as well, as my antiquing hobby feeds off my sewing hobby.  I’ve also segued from quilting into machine embroidery and beading; my bead collection is ever expanding.  This is all added to my long-time hobbies of painting, knitting, crochet and cross stitching.  The point here is that creative instinct is not static.  It doesn’t settle on one thing and exclude all others.  The artistic child in all of us loves to play, and giving free rein to that urge multiplies our creativity exponentially.  To become better writers, if that is our goal, we should give ourselves artistic freedom and boldly go wherever it takes us.  The result will be a freer mind, so freer expression of the words and emotions inside us.  

3 Comments:

Blogger Mariad said...

Reading this is something I can relate to. I love to create also. I haven't tried quilting but hope to someday. But that inner artistic child of mine loves to learn new arts.

I don't know how you find all the time to do all your hobbies. I probably am a bad time manager. But I have simular hobbies except for the quitling. I play a flute, knit, tat, crochet, cross stitch and paint and anything else that looks remotely interesting. I walk around Michael's arts and crafts stores or Benjamin Franklins looking for something new to learn. I still want to learn Macrime and also wanted to make garden stepping stones. I saw some kits in the store.

But for now, my most recent artistic endevor is 3d graphic art on my computer.

The funny thing with what you say here is that it is "good" to explore and do all sorts of arts. I always thought if there was just one artform that I liked above all others that I could excell in that one art and do something with it. That it might give me something to do with my life that I "love" to do. All along I've been doing exactly what I love to do and that is to learn different arts.

I really enjoy little snippets of insight. Sometimes it gives me an insight into myself. *smile*

2:54 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Blake said...

We must be sisters under the skin, Maria. I love Michael's, can walk around for hours looking at all the wonderful things that can be done. I forgot to say that I have tatting needles, supplies and videos, and stamping stuff, and polymer clay stuff, including the hand-operated pasta machine. I did macreme back in the 70s when it was popular, too! Some people seem to feel that buying creative-type supplies and then not using them *all the time* is a waste. Not so! Having them on hand, ready when you can find the time, is a thing of unimaginable richness. It feeds the heart. So I don't do all the things listed all the time, but have the very real luxury of doing them when the creative mood strikes. It's nice to know that someone else has the same viewpoint...but I think I'll avoid 3-D graphic art on my computer for now. I need to finish my book!

9:22 AM  
Blogger janet abbott said...

Beading? Now you're talking my language! LOL I knit, crochet, tat, sew, embroidery, paint (watercolor and now oil) and bead. Beads are my passion I think. I've got a couple items at http://members.aol.com/ladybugbeadzin the gallery and also on my quite elementary website www.geocities.com/bourbonstreet/3490. Check them out.

11:44 PM  

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