Saturday, March 17, 2007

WHAT DOES CREATIVITY MEAN TO YOU?

I was thinking about this when I came across a sister's blog (great minds think alike artist4eva). So many people try to define an artist, creativity, art forms etc, by placing rules and assumptions about the artist/artform/medium/project/ideas. etc
Is this societys way of keep us boxed in the land of category and rules according to their values?
I hate the word 'should' (unless youre taking about a nice pair of shoes, chocolate and food).
I also feel uncomfortable with specific individuals and organizations that dismiss creative work if it doesn't fit into the; Hoxton, Greenwich, Edgy, Urban, Eclectic and Cutting Edge style categories. Don't get me wrong I love new interesting concepts, and ideas, but I feel that too much emphasis on the defining creativity keeps many more potential 'creatives' away from practising any art form, or taking their natural talents further, very sad.
Many moons ago when I was studying Art and Design, my ageing balding tutor (who was also an ageing balding frustrated fine artist) absolutely tore us to pieces during critics (maybe we were that bad). Anyway Baldy had peeps running for the hills never to be seen again, due to the barrage of abuse he gave us at the end of each lesson, disguised at Constructive Criticism.
The hill runners may never have been great artists, but they could have used their creativity in some other way to manage the stressed/out tired/ bored/ Reality Overdose existence we call life.
mj
ps. I found this from talentdevelopment.com via Oprah.com and I think this is quite interesting. Please let me know what you think. ..
Rant over now where is that chocolate..........
http://talentdevelop.com/selftest.html
Creativity questionnaire
Creativity isn't reserved for artists and inventors -- it's a capacity we all share.
For some, it's a desire for self-expression; for others, a drive to explore possibilities.
Genius isn't essential, just curiosity and an open mind. The fruit of creativity is
self-discovery. Find a quiet spot and consider these questions:
1 There are many kinds of artists. Are you an artist of life -- an inspired cook,
a master of diplomacy, a stylish dresser? Write down all the ways you bring beauty,harmony, or flair to your surroundings.
2 What art form would you try if you didn't care about results or your performance?
Think back to childhood: Did you enjoy ballet class or banging on a drum?
How could you reconnect with that sense of fun?
3 Creative people are problem solvers. If you could clear up any issue in the world --
or your world -- what would it be? What would be your first step?
4 Is your talent appreciating the creative efforts of others? What do you most enjoy
looking at or listening to? Would you enjoy it even more if you tried to experience
the artistic process firsthand?
5 Envy is a message from your creative core. Whose talent would you like to have?
How could you develop your own ability in that area?
<< from O, The Oprah Magazine, November, 2001

Alters

I never travel anywhere without bringing my mobile alter.
My travel alter consists of a medal from Lourdes my mother gave me , my crystals ; Rose Quartz crystal, Black Tourmaline, Turquoise and whatever I pick up on the way out . I also have a small medicine bag full of special objects.
I always have to bring Nag Champa, my friends and family have became devotees of this sexy incense, and now ask if I am bringing this. Alters always sets the scene in any cold hotel room, I even prefer to unpack my objects rather than my clothes. I also bring a journal or a small note book, when I feel the need to vent my spleen or write deep and meaningful insights. I also seem to have an epiphany when I am away, which is quickly lost during a hard nights raving.
Anyway smug unspiritual /ironic friend asks me tartly 'it is a bit much to carry all this stuff with you all the time, what if you lose all that stuff? Well... my answer is that Alters are a representation of the creator, the universe and my dame fine self LOL. (This was lost on her even the last bit!).
As long as I have access to objects which represent either the elements such as a stone, shell, feather water element etc (the list is endless) or objects which I just like to look at,... I am able to create an alter...and feel at home from my own home...
In the past I have recommended that clients create alters which represent them, rather than how the alter should look like; for example my friend has small objects by the kitchen sink, this is an alter representing her fun /inner child side and the only time she has to come to this place, and feel good during the washing up (unfortunately) but this times till makes her feel very calm being amongst her small objects.
I suppose my love of alters date back to Madame Pompidou (Ma) she always had an alter of saints within the home, (funny not one of them resembled us). Anyway Ma still kneels down to pray to these saints on her alter, at the beginning and the end of the day, Heaven help us if we disturbed her during her prayer time! (talk about good boundaries and fear).
My mother is not alone though ,After reading the book Beautiful Necessity the art and meaning of women's alters - by Kay Turner I saw so many versions of my mothers alter from South American to Senegal. So I suppose I am carrying on my with my mothers tradition.
The only difference is that my alter has images s of people that look like and represent me *smiles*

Ashe
p.s Some alter sites...


http://www.sacredshrineofmwtast.org/Nehes_creating_sacred_altar.html
http://healing.about.com/od/crystaltherapy/a/crystalaltar.htm
http://www.souledout.org/secretcreation/altars/altarreality.html

~MY MUST HAVE WEBSITES~

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Listed below are my must have favourite websites to support my lifestyle and values.
~ List your own to share the love~
http://www.ancestralhealing.com/html/info.htm I am still reading through this one.
http://www.sobonfu.com/ One of my rites of passage mentors.
http://www.thedominican.net/ National online newspaper my mother country.
http://www.arisingpeaceofart.blinks.net/index.html
http://www.spiritinart.com/index1.htm an Art magazine to help clear and activate the Sacral and Throat chakra.
http://www.creativity-portal.com/howto/a/altered.books/board.book.html -my alter book hobbie - (watch this space).
http://www.style-icon.co.uk/ - My niece's personal shopping service.
http://groups.msn.com/HOLISTICLOCING/welcome.msnw - The all important and comprehensive holistic loc resource village.
http://www.herbsistah.com/11301.html Good info on fibroid care.

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