Craftmanship

The creative process

Consistent with research I did with fellow PT blogger Scott Barry Kaufman, Fiore illustrates that if it takes ten years or so to make a professional contribution to a field, it takes about ten more years to make a truly outstanding mark.

What does this mean? It takes time to become an “expert” in a field and even longer to reach a level of “greatness.” It’s okay to not be a superstar yet.

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In a brief speech, he articulated nearly everything I know about how to encourage creativity:

When I was nine and I asked my dad, “Can I have your movie camera? That old, wind-up 8 millimeter camera that was in your drawer?” And he goes, “Sure, take it.” And I took it and I started making movies with it and I started being as creative as I could, and never once in my life did my parents ever say, “What you’re doing is a waste of time.” Never. And I grew up, I had teachers, I had colleagues, I had people that I worked with all through my life who always told me what you’re doing is not a waste of time. So that was normal to me that it was OK to do that. I know there are kids out there that don’t have that support system so if you’re out there and you’re listening, listen to me: If you want to be creative, get out there and do it. It’s not a waste of time. Do it. OK? Thank you.

Yes! How do we nurture creativity? We allow mini-c (the initial creativity inherent in the learning process) flourish. We allow an environment to be psychologically “safe” from judgment and discouragement. We encourage people to pursue what they love.

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Picture diary 101

A few months back, after having seen  many ‘colouring books’ claiming to have healing powers and calming the mind, I decided to create my own colouring book in the form of a diary. Here is the result. Naturally, I have not included all the entries – some ended up being very personal!

I can’t even start explaining the sheer pleasure of creating these images. They capture my days, my feelings and thoughts and at the same time they gave me enormous pleasure of colouring my own designs.

I cannot emphasize enought the healing power of art!

Why don’t you give it a try (and share it with me!)

Picture Diaries

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Children need art

“Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play. “

Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play. If you don’t give a child food, the damage quickly becomes visible. If you don’t let a child have fresh air and play, the damage is also visible, but not so quickly. If you don’t give a child love, the damage might not be seen for some years, but it’s permanent.

But if you don’t give a child art and stories and poems and music, the damage is not so easy to see. It’s there, though. Their bodies are healthy enough; they can run and jump and swim and eat hungrily and make lots of noise, as children have always done, but something is missing.

It’s true that some people grow up never encountering art of any kind, and are perfectly happy and live good and valuable lives, and in whose homes there are no books, and they don’t care much for pictures, and they can’t see the point of music. Well, that’s fine. I know people like that. They are good neighbours and useful citizens.”

Pullman Philip 2

Written by Philip Pullman for the tenth anniversary of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2012. More from Philip Pullman here.

A creative’s struggle …

Emilie Wapnick: Why some of us don’t have one true calling

What do you want to be when you grow up? Well, if you’re not sure you want to do just one thing for the rest of your life, you’re not alone. In this illuminating talk, writer and artist Emilie Wapnick describes the kind of people she calls “multipotentialites” — who have a range of interests and jobs over one lifetime. Are you one?

Career coach Emilie Wapnick celebrates the “multipotentialite” — those of us with many interests, many jobs over a lifetime, and many interlocking potentials.

Why you should listen?
Emilie Wapnick has been a musician/songwriter, a web designer, filmmaker, writer, law student and entrepreneur. “This is how I’ve always lived,” she writes, “moving from interest to interest, building on my skills in different areas, and synthesizing the knowledge I acquire along the way.”

As a career and life coach, she helps other people with wide and varied interests understand and appreciate who they are, in a society that asks us to pick a lane and stay in it. Her work with “multipotentialites” has resulted in the book Renaissance Business and the interesting website Puttylike.

WOW!

Tehetség gondozás 101

Ugyancsak szükség van valakire, aki hisz a tehetséges gyerekben, aki mentorként állhat mellette, és adott esetben biztathatja azzal, hogy jól csinálja. Nagyon fontos, hogy legyen egy tanára is, mert egyedül tényleg nem megy: valakitől tanulni kell. „Különösen igaz ez a zenére: egy gyereknek hiába adunk oda egy hegedűt azzal, hogy játsszon rajta. Képességekre van szükség, és ezeket egy tanárnak kell megtanítania.”

EGY TEHETSÉG IS KÖNNYEN ELKALLÓDHAT

Egy tehetség azonban sokszor nemcsak az esélyek és a lehetőségek hiánya, hanem a szülők hozzáállása miatt vész el, sokan ugyanis, akár szándékosan, akár akaratukon kívül, nagyon könnyen lehúzzák a gyerekeiket. Freeman szerint ez az egyik legrosszabb dolog, amit egy szülő a gyerekével tehet: „Ha a szülők negatív megjegyzéseket tesznek egy gyereknek a tehetsége kibontakoztatására tett minden próbálkozására, akkor az a tehetség rejtve marad. Ha egy gyerek azt hallja, hogy az ambíció nem neki való, akkor szembe kell szállnia a szüleivel vagy akár a tanáraival.”

A legközelebbi környezet és a kultúra is befolyásolja a tehetség kibontakozásának a lehetőségeit. Freeman szerint ez különösen jól megfigyelhető a lányok esetében, akik az egyik kultúrában semmire sem tartják magukat, nem többek szolgálónál, míg egy másik kultúrában úgy gondolják, övék a világ, bárkit és bármit legyőzhetnek. „A tehetség esélyét befolyásolja az is, hogy valaki mit gondol magáról. Nemcsak a képesség számít, hanem a személyiség, az, hogy valaki harcos típus-e, és megragad minden lehetőségét, vagy meghúzódik a háttérben.”

Joan Freeman szerint már csak azért is érdemes foglalkozni a tehetséges gyerekekkel, mert ha ezt nem tesszük, akkor elveszítjük őket, és az emberiség nem engedheti meg magának ezt a luxust: „Nagyon sok tehetséget elveszítünk, mert nem értékeljük, hogy a tehetség mennyire komoly erőforrás, pedig ennél hülyébb dolgot nem is tehetnénk. Egyszerűen kidobjuk az ablakon a tehetséges gyerekeinket, pedig minden országnak szüksége lenne a fiatal tehetségekre. És a tehetséggondozás nem feltétlenül a pénzről szól, sokkal inkább a hozzáállásról. Azokon a helyeken azonban, ahol az oktatást nem értékelik, esélyük sincs a tehetségeknek megmutatni magukat.”

Joan Freeman pszichológus és az életműdíja

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Elizabeth Gilbert on Creativity

Elizabeth Gilbert shares 11 ways to think smartly about creativity.

Creativity is a tricky word. Consultants peddle it, brands promise it, we all strive for it, often without really knowing quite what “it” really is. Put simply, there’s a lot of snake oil around creativity. But now here’s author Elizabeth Gilbert (TED Talk, Your elusive creative genius) to cut through the guff with her distinctly refreshing take on the topic. For her, we’re all creative souls already, we just need to figure out how to harness inspiration and unleash the creative spirit within. Here, she shares her best pieces of advice for living a meaningfully creative life.

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High sensitivity

… from “Les Miserables”: “Those who do not weep, do not see.”

This trait of high sensitivity nurtures our creativity and social activism, but also brings challenges.

Psychologist Elaine Aron and others describe it as a more finely tuned nervous system.

She explains,

“It means you are aware of subtleties in your surroundings, a great advantage in many situations. It also means you are more easily overwhelmed…”

How does being a highly sensitive person impact our feelings and our lives?

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Brilliant!

Mental illness +Creativity

“High creative skills have been shown to be somewhat more common in people who have mental illness in the family.

“Creativity is also linked to a slightly higher risk of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Certain psychological traits, such as the ability to make unusual or bizarre associations are also shared by schizophrenics and healthy, highly creative people.”

Research provides more neuroscientific explanation for the potential links between mental health and mental illness to creativity.

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Refugee Therapy

Using art to help Syrian refugee children cope with trauma
Many of the Syrian refugee children coming to Germany are traumatized by what they have experienced in the war-torn country. Kurdish artist Hassan Deveci has opened his Cologne studio to help them deal with their trauma.

Bombings, destroyed houses, camouflaged helicopters – many of the refugee children’s paintings shown in a Cologne studio depict those scenes because that’s what the kids remember all too well from living in, or fleeing from, war-torn Syria.

Thirteen-year-old Avjin pointed to her painting of a girl lying on a surgical table. “Her heart is bleeding, she doesn’t feel well,” she said.

Another young girl painted how bombs are falling onto a red brick house. “Helicopters came to destroy my school,” she told DW. “Some of the children survived, but some of them didn’t.”

In the Studio of Hassan Deveci in Cologne (photo: Hassan Deveci)

Deveci, 43, said he can understand the uncertainty that comes from being a refugee in a foreign land. He fled Turkey in the mid-90s because of political oppression of the Kurdish minority there. He applied for asylum in Cologne in 1994 and had to wait more than three years later, after staying at a makeshift camp, a hotel and a shared flat with two other refugees, until he was ultimately granted asylum. His memories of those years are grim.

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The kids have undergone quite a transformation over the past year, Deveci said. “At the start, two kids hat real problems with concentration and the German language, but this changed after six months. They became much more open and self-confident,” he said.
Such private initiatives, however, cannot be sustained forever, Deveci added. He had to reduce the number of days children can come into the studio from weekly to once or twice a month because he ran out of material and money. He said he is just one of many people doing volunteer-work for refugees in Cologne.

RUBBLE KINGS (2010)

RUBBLE KINGS (2010)

Documenting gang violence in the 1970s in The Bronx, New York City, Shan Nicholson vividly captures how a band of young residents brought peace to the gang-ruled streets. A story that is widely unknown, it is an incredible one, of how, in such a tough time in history, a few courageous people helped to transform gang culture in New York by introducing hip-hop.

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ART AND COPY (2009)

ART AND COPY (2009)

Director Doug Pray states that this film “is about the innate human urge to express oneself creatively”, and it reveals the work of some influential advertising creatives who have impacted our culture. Most of the time, we switch the channel or click the ‘close’ button whenever an ad pops up. However, this film celebrates the people behind the world’s most memorable advertisements such as “Just Do It”, “Got Milk?”, and “I love NY”, and proves just how powerful advertising can be, striking emotional chords in people all over the world.

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