I just listened to these presentations by John Cleese. What timing!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGt3-fxOvug&feature=player_embedded

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=VShmtsLhkQg

He talks about how you need to be in an 'open' mode that allows for time and play to be creative. And says you need to be able to switch to the 'closed' mode once you've made a decision in order to execute your idea. Anyway it is a fun watch.

He also brings up that creativity is not a talent but a way of operating. I do believe this. As many of you are saying, having inspiration isn't the issue - it's focusing on the execution that's your problem. People who believe they are not creative don't give themselves the freedom or space to be. They don't have the confidence to do it. Maybe the opposite is true also. Having the confidence in an idea to see it through. It's also discipline. I think if you can visualize a piece - after the creative process of coming up with the idea - it can become a matter of going through a different process of making it.

Another good discussion is how to recognize a good idea. AND, who is to judge if it's not?

Anyway, more later.

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Tales From the Tool Box - A Crafthaus Online Exhibition

Diana Greenwood
‘There is always one moment in childhood…’

Mantel Box 230 x 330 x 45 mm

Mantel Box in Cherry wood with a hinged glass door, containing a silver vessel marked ‘drink me’, marbles, sweets and found objects

A piece about childhood, forgotten toys, favorite stories and the loss of innocence as the future beckons, inspired by ‘Garden of Love’ by William Blake.

Image Credit: Diana Greenwood

www.diana-greenwood.com

View the new CRAFTHAUS online exhibition (October 24-November 24, 2014)

Tales from the Tool Box - Chapter 1

Curated by Mark Fenn - Studiofenn, UK

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