There is something energising about creating in community, isn't there? It's fair to say that I am often guilty of hermiting myself away for days at a time in my studio, getting almost resentful if I have to interrupt my work to pick the kids up from school or grab a coffee with a friend (friends, don't be offended - I still ALWAYS end up enjoying our coffee and it is often good for me to be forced leave my studio so that I can reassess and re-focus!).
BUT, when I get the opportunity to share my art, I jump at it. It is a companionable thing to be making or creating side-by-side with others. To chat, bounce ideas around - sharing our knowledge and enthusiasm with others is hugely satisfying.
As a part of my recent exhibition, Created, I was able to conduct two live artist demos and a workshop. That week was one of the most fulfilling that I can remember in a long time. Although it is ancient in origin, felting is a relatively unknown process today. I love the element of surprise as people watch me take fluff and manipulate it into a three-dimensional form. I actually had people stand and watch for a full hour as I made a bowl from start to finish! Felting isn't exactly high octane stuff, but such was the fascination with the vast contrast between the beginning and the end products.
Whatever your creative expression is, how could you go about sharing it with others? Have you ever looked at someone else's and thought "I'd love to try that"? The people around you are an amazing resource, and it's also good to remember that we are designed to thrive in community. We are wired to share ideas and skills. All it takes is to be willing to share your passion and to ask for others to share theirs.
"Creativity is contagious. Pass it on." Albert Einstein
Myself, I've always been fascinated with the creative ways that some people resolve conflict (isn't every parent) - I love hanging out with people who, often without even realising it, are really gifted in that area. I try to glean their ideas and strategies. And if there was some way that I could absorb the amazing aptitude that some people have for making books balance, I probably wouldn't avoid admin days so diligently ;-) Creativity looks different for everyone - I'd love you to share your favourite creative expression in the comments below. I bet we would get a huge variety....
Just for kicks, here's my time lapse video of a felted bowl being made. Enjoy!