Posted tagged ‘creative’

Edinburgh’s Mysterious Paper Sculptures

May 4, 2012
Edinburgh book sculpture Tea

Edinburgh book sculpture Tea

An artist friend sent me a link today to some mystery art that has been popping up in Edinburgh’s literary environments. Fabulously detailed sculptures made from books and placed in libraries by the anonymous creator have everyone wondering “Who is this artist, and why do they leave such gifts?”

To look at an article about the book sculptures go here:   It’s long, but read all the way to the bottom to learn about the whole mystery.

In a world that has become more about making money than creating experiences and joys for each other, this is a wonderful present the artist has given the people of Edinburgh and those of us who can view the sculptures from afar. I too have left little treasures, mostly along forest paths, wondering who will find them. This artist is lucky in that she, (for they think it’s a she from one clue in a note), has the opportunity to see all the press her creations have initiated. As much as I enjoy making art, I also love seeing the reactions of people as they look at it. This week I have sat or walked by my painted terracotta warrior outside the Richmond Art Centre. It’s been fun seeing people look at him and take pictures. Sometimes I talk to them, telling them I’m the artist, sometimes I don’t.

Rankin admirer paper sculpture Filmhouse

Rankin admirer paper sculpture Filmhouse

The detail in the book sculptures is amazing. The collage aspect, with all the words from the book pages reminds me of some work I did while at Emily Carr College of Art & Design. Stories, made from words cut out of magazines and glued onto scales from pine cones and then placed in wooden cigar boxes. Ah, to create! I think I need to go to my studio!

Culturedays This Weekend

September 29, 2011

Celebrate culture in Canada by taking in a variety of events this weekend. I will be at Lansdowne Mall in Richmond on Sunday from 11:30 to 1pm demonstrating poem and mini picture collages and helping people create their own. This event is organized by The Community Arts Council of Richmond. For other events go to the Culture Days website.

Experience the Arts with The Community Arts Council of Richmond

Experience the Arts with The Community Arts Council of Richmond

To Be More Creative Try Not Reading

May 14, 2010

I’m 3/4 through a week of reading deprivation. According to Julia Cameron in The Artist’s Way reading can often clog or block your own creative output. Stop reading and what else is there to do but listen to your own thoughts and create new art, inventions, philosophies….

Have you ever tried to function in our society without reading? It’s not easy, and I haven’t been 100% successful this week. I have slipped by checking email a few times (I need to for jobs that come up), reading a couple paragraphs of my bike’s manual, reading descriptions at the Emily Carr University grad show, and oddly enough when I see the newspaper my parents read sitting on the table I catch myself reading a couple headlines. It’s like a person trying to quite smoking but taking a couple drags off their friend’s cigarette.

Self imposed no reading has made me realize how frustrating it must be for people who can’t read at all, like my father who suffered a stroke and lost his ability to read and write. It has been easy to take a break from reading novels or the newspaper or online articles, but there are other things in life that require reading such as recipies, instructions, explanations, that if we weren’t able to read it would be difficult to function.

I look forward to getting back to reading next week. However I think I will cut back on some of the newspaper and online articles that really don’t contribute to my well being or creative output. What do you think? Have you ever tried not reading for awhile? I would love to hear your ideas. Please take a minute and send me a comment. Oh, and have I been more creative this week? Yes! More drawing, more music, more gardening, and more cooking.

The Difficulties of Original Creative Ideas

September 22, 2008

Last week I discovered that 2 lines of a song I’d written were exactly the same as an already existing song by a different writer. It’s not in my music collection and I don’t remember hearing it anywhere lately, but somehow I wrote 2 lines into my own song.

As an artist I have trouble coming up with original ideas, and I am far from being alone in this. Society values original ideas precisely because they are not easily achieved. Even for the purposes of writing this I am not wholly original: I turn to the web to find quotations on the subject, to use the thoughts of others as fuel for my own.

We are all born originals – why is it so many of us die copies?” Edward Young. Ever look at a 4 year old’s crayon drawing and see the work of a genius? Or are you the type of person who tells the child their cat should have 4 legs not 2, and the grass should be green, not purple? Beatrix Potter once said “Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.” In our post industrial world conformity seems to be more prevalent than originality. Do not most people choose the route of sameness rather than originality often because they fear being ridiculed, shunned, cast out of the collective group? We are taught everything, from what clothes to wear to what lifetime goals we should achieve.

During our current information age is it even harder to have original ideas? “Many a man fails as an original thinker simply because his memory is too good.Friedrich Nietzsche. We see so much of what others have done our own minds are clogged. No doubt we got to this point in history by taking the ideas of others and building on them, but I can’t help feeling defeated when I think I have an original idea only to find on the internet many others who have it too.

So after my discovery of unintentional copying last week I went and wrote new lines, and the rest of my song is still original as far as I know. It still brings me joy, and I hope others will enjoy it too. For now that’s what matters, because in a world where so much has already been said and done “originality does not consist in saying what no one has ever said before, but in saying exactly what you think yourself.James Stephen. If many others think what I create is fresh and new, and if it stirs some emotion in them, then I am satisfied that my job as an artist has been well done.