Creative Conversations II
A few months ago, we curated a second round of Creative Conversations as a celebratory gathering for our book, In Case You Come Back. News travelled to us that it was sold out in less than 3 months, which is incredibly amazing! In lieu with that, we wanted to thank the supportive and encouraging souls who have been with us since the beginning.
Doing a little twist from our previous session, we wanted the scene to be purely heartwarming, laid-back and just a night of gathering with like-minded creatives and creative lovers who share the passion of poetry and art.
Held in the cozy space of Karen's Kitchen, we talked about Finding A Home For Your Creativity, Bringing Joy Back To Your Work, Finding Your Spark and Sharing Your Process To Others.
As the night went on, there was a buzz of commonality, understanding, and connection amongst the circle as we feasted on pizzas and pasta. I found that talking about these things and finding similarities with others open us up to learning more about ourselves and those around us.
This time around, I would be able to share in depth the things we conversed about. From the notes I took from our second session of Creative Conversations, here are some of our insights and thoughts on the topic of creativity.
Finding A Home For Your Creativity
Whether it is in the space of your notebook or in the crevice of the online world, finding a home for your creativity keeps a grounding place for us to come back and see our progress.
It helps to have an online space because it's something you can look back to on earlier versions of yourself and see how far you've come. By having a space, whether it be a traditional journal or an app, you can process your emotions, and all of it — your drive, discipline, determination, and hard work — help you grow as an artist.
- It gets your works out there.
- It encourages you to grow.
- It tracks your progress.
Finding a home not only means having something to unload your work onto a certain place, but it also means finding a support system.
- Know the difference between having your creativity in common and have someone who simply supports the work that you do and encourages you to flourish in your craft.
- Being a creative means dealing with two types of community: creative vs non-creative. The former making up peers, acquaintances and the latter forming your family and friends (that's to say if you weren't born into a family of artists.)
To have an actual space, a studio, a desk, a room where you can call your own and toil away at your work is as important as the work itself. What surrounds you affects your creativity.
- Block time off for creative work.
- Surround yourself with inspiring visuals
- Unplug: deprive yourself of the virtual clutch so you can be forced to think of the things that can be done and truly connect you to your creativity.
- Think of your to-do list as ticking a success in every single day.
- Microblogging is a support based group because of its growing community. They can be responsive and resonate with your work. Embrace it and take advantage of your resources!
Your past versions of yourself are like a word document that you keep saving and its made concrete by what you've recorded. That's what home means. A place of your recorded past selves.
To have a home for creativity means to have something tangible, concrete and traditional that makes things more meaningful and authentic. Having a space you can pour everything out is important if you want your creativity to thrive.
- Sketchbooks are my home because:
- It fuels my creativity.
- It's a dumping ground for my ideas, random thoughts, observations and explorations.
- It drives me to create a habit.
When I was starting out, having a sketchbook with me got me into a new hobby and eventually lead me to where I am now. It helps to have something you can easily get to without any preamble and just start creating.
Albeit, with the bloom of blogging platforms, it became a driving range for me to create so I could share my works in hopes to inspire others and gather inspiration myself.
Having a group of support system has also helped me flourish in my creative path and let me settle into a place of comfort, commonality, and love. As Marla mentioned, there are two types of groups:
Creatives are the shepherds who connect you to your craft and guide you on things you're not familiar with. They can be a mentor, an inspirational figure, a peer, or an acquaintance. People you meet through collaborations, projects, gatherings and events, those whom you've clicked with through common interests and creativity.
Non-Creatives are those who know you beyond your work and sees you for who you are. They are your close-knit friends, family and trusted beings who see things in a different light when it comes to you and your work. They are also a fresh set of peepers when you need judgment or criticism over your work.
Bringing Joy Back To Your Creative Work
In the fine line we walk between pursuing our creative craft into a career and staying true to our passion, we may find ourselves teetering on the edge where all the joy is replaced by frustrations that comes from other people's expectations and dealing with them can take a huge amount of willpower and determination so we could get back on track and find happiness in our work once again.
It helps to do things that are not related to your craft. Don't let anyone tell you it's shallow or judge you based on what you do for fun.
Approach creativity from a work perspective and infuse fun into it.
It takes determination and hard work to create a balance.
- Don't force yourself to do anything creatively, otherwise, the joy will be sucked out of it.
- Dissect other things from your bubble.
- Some work is done on how you process emotions.
- True work is made from happiness and a hopeful perspective.
In a nutshell: it's a matter of self-discovery and mastering yourself.
- Give yourself a breather and get some space.
- There's value in everything no matter how mundane it is.
- Let yourself enjoy the simple (non-productive) things.
Don't feel guilty about pursuing other hobbies and taking a break from your craft.
I find that having a purpose for what you do ultimately sparks joy into your work. The need to inspire and be inspired, to spread a message and know you are changing the energy around you and the Universe is innate in all of us and something that we all hope for. I think that can solely drive you to find happiness in what you ultimately do.
- Go out there and explore.
- Relearn things every once in a while. It helps to go back to the root of your craft and become an amateur once again. Remember all the excitement and hype when you were just beginning and it will fill your soul with a renewed feeling.
- Infuse new things into your work.
Find joy in the little things and appreciate every single moment as they come.
Hopefully, you were able to gather a thing or two from the notes above. It's always a pleasure to be around a circle of creatives and just talk about matters of the heart. I'll be signing off from this point, but I'd love to hear your thoughts and opinions on anything we mentioned under the cut. Let me know and comment below what you think!