I’m not creative…
This is the comment I hear most frequently when I tell people what I do.
Is this what you tell yourself?
Is it true?
Creativity comes in all forms. Not only in art and crafts. In your job, you may have routine tasks but there are times, when you may be asked to do something different. You have to come up with solution. That’s creative.
You may have kids and you need to find something for them to do. So what do you? You look around your house, come up with some materials like an empty kitchen roll or an empty soap bottle and tell them to make something. Or you may help them with making that telescope or that robot. That’s creative.
You and your friends want to do something different. What do you do? You research. You check out what’s on at your local theatre or cinema. You plan a day out. You think about what each person likes/dislikes. You create that experience. You are being creative.
You might be saying ‘but that’s not creativity..that’s everyday stuff, it isn’t art’. But it is. If we didn’t do some or all of those things at some point in our lives, each day would be the same. No variety. No challenges. No finding solutions.
Creativity is just that…variety, challenges, solutions.
Learning a new skill involving a craft is focussing your creative tendencies into one activity. This can be scary. You may feel nervous. You may feel you will be judged. But if you remember how often you create stuff in your daily life, you know you can do it. Crafting becomes an extension of what you already do with more focus.
I’d love to hear your thoughts.