Creativity. What is it? How do we develop it?
I believe the answer isn’t in the “doing”, its in the “allowing”. Creativity comes from within, it wells up within us from inspiration (in-spirit-ation). It comes through us when we allow it to. Creative blocks are well known to artists, writers, poets, and even quilters. It seems the harder we try to “be creative” and to push the creative process, the more it evades us. By trying to fit our creations into a box, we stifle and hinder their expression. Case in point…. Nola A Unicorn. Nola is a collage quilt pattern from Laura Heine of Fiberworks. Nola wasn’t my first collage quilt, but she is the largest piece I’ve attempted (35” X 47”).
It took me about 6 weeks to complete Nola (not counting the actual quilting). Nola made me dig deep, explore and examine my ideas of what “fits”. Many times, in the middle of my creative chaos (ultra-messy studio) I found myself completely forgetting the passage of time. So lost I was in the creative process, it was like being in a meditative state. Its times like these when creativity flows and the creative process flourishes. During these times, even though we are seemingly focusing on something external, we are actually cultivating our experience of what is internal. Creativity is like the marriage of our soul with our physical expression, it’s our grounding center, it is a spiritual experience, it is joy, and it is FUN!