Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Where do you get it from? How do you keep it? What happens if you lose it?
For those of us who think of ourselves as creative – inspiration is what sustains us. It is essential to what we can accomplish. Without it, the disciplines of hard work, focus, follow-through and all of those other lofty goals would be good for – making widgets. And we don’t make widgets. We each make magic… or we hope to.
We fuse two pieces of glass together and make a beautiful sinewy sculpture than can be used to serve cake. We take a continuous filament of yarn and create something colorful, fun and warm to wear. We discover old pages in old books about old things and think how something new can be made of all of that. We find a piece of fabric and add some more and bind the edges and think of a theme and voila – it’s a postcard, it’s a gift, it is --- they each are --- a work of art!
And they are works of art because of that singular process of inspiration we all depend on and sometimes take for granted. But if anyone has ever lost inspiration for a moment or a day or longer the void it leaves begins to echo with thoughts that can chip away at confidence and motivation. And with that we are no longer “creative.”
And that can be terrifying… or just plain old not fun anymore!
So, where do you get your inspiration? A TV show that made you think? A telephone call that left you laughing? A pattern you saw somewhere that you found fascinating? A sudden scent that brought on a memory? A tool you wish you had but don’t? A piece of jewelry you too can make but more of… something?
And how do you keep it and nurture it when the rest of life takes your time and energies? How do you clean up after the kids but remember that one “affect” you wanted in the piece you’re currently working on? How do you maintain a balance that can be knocked off kilter sometimes with real life dramas you need to attend to and just be in? How do you convey to significant others in your life that yes, you are working and working hard even though you love it so yes you need this time?
When you lose it, if you do… how do you find it again? Is it like losing your glasses – just retrace your steps? Or letting a rainy day not get you down – the sun will be out tomorrow? Or is it like trying hard to find a word – and giving up – and suddenly you have it?
I thought with this first week’s blog/column/writing/blurb ????? we might all share our answers to those three questions. I will not be surprised by the inspiration we all give each other because we have so naturally done so since the inception of this little team. It will be fun, useful and inspirational!
And, remember one of the definitions of inspiration is “the drawing of breath; inhalation; the act of breathing in.” Not a one of us can live without it.
NOTE: original artwork by Teehee Productions