Greetings Beading Friends,

Are you feeling creatively sluggish? So many have expressed the feeling that they are “just drifting” given the way we are currently living. Wanting to be encouraging, we looked in the Google vault for some inspiration.

We came across two interesting quotes on creativity which stirred some thoughts. Arthur Koestler suggests that “Creative activity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.”  Steve Jobs felt that “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.”  Reading them minutes apart leads to a first thought which suggests that the teacher in you, the teacher being all the experience you have acquired, helps you build upon “all the dots” when the student within you has new ideas. A second thought is to question how to get new ideas when one is feeling sluggish.

People who write about spurring creativity usually suggested doing new things, going to art galleries and museums, looking at photo exhibits, reading different types of material and taking advantage of nature walks. Many of these we can still do albeit in different ways as so much is available on the internet. But you could also be spurred in new directions by picking a word such as passion or calm and consider how you would translate that into your creative work. Others might choose a favourite snippet of music or an element of design such as rhythm or a new colour palette or an encounter with nature or a piece of fabric to kindle ideas. This brings us to a statement by John Steinbeck: “Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them and pretty soon you will have a dozen!”

So if you are feeling sluggish, the curious student is still exposed to many idea sources. Pick one or two and just start a small project so it isn’t intimidating. Then let the teacher in you see if this can work into a creative piece that stimulates you to do more!

We wish you all well and we hope that this glorious spring will provide some happiness and joy.

Stay well!

Meredith, Brent and Carrie