Such a lot of ideas and artefacts generated on the first day in response to Chrissi's invitation and challenge to watch and reflect on the following short clip https://vimeo.com/194276412 Have you experienced something similar? Share your experience and/or re-action to this clip using art - make a collage, produce a drawing, construct an ‘installation’.
'Caring about something' seemed to be one of the themes to emerge from the conversations today. It seems to be a prerequisite of creativity and significant achievement. We can only care about so many things at once and the things we care about jostle and compete for the time and spaces we have - so only a few things get the chance to come fruition. I care enough about #creativeHE, exploring creativity and Chrissi to want to use some of my time to contribute and so some of the other things I care about will have to take a back seat for a while.
I tried to connect today's challenge to my current garden project. It's not very exciting and really not very creative but it will bring about change and transform the look of a small part of my garden. We are blessed with a big garden. I care about it a lot and it gives me much joy but at times I am overwhelmed by the scale of what I have to do just to keep up with it and so become paralysed.
A few weeks ago my wife announced she was going to get dig up all the tangled vegetation under our bedroom windows and lay stones. Of course I was goaded into helping and slowly got sucked into the task toiling for a few hours most days, and then starting my own 'transformation' project at the side of the house. Just getting involved, and making a start and then making and seeing progress all contributed to caring about what I was doing and to devoting more time, energy and effort to making it happen. You need to care if you want to sustain something. So caring is an important element of an ecology for achieving something. Without caring the will to pursue a goal of vision will diminish and other things that we care about more will take over.
Through my actions and using the tools and materials I have I am creating a new sense of order in the medium that is my garden. Slowly but surely the after is replacing the before and it's tidier, easier to maintain and when complete it will be more aesthetically pleasing than it was before. In itself, what I am doing its not creative, but all the little bits I do contribute to the whole over time, and the whole is, I think, a creative project to which I contribute.
By a strange coincidence I was listening to 'Womans Hour' on radio 4 this morning while driving and one of the Chelsea Flower Show garden designers (Charlotte Harris) was being interviewed. She talked with great passion about her design (inspired by the Canadian wilderness) but what came across was the care she gave to her creation and her insistence that while perfection was a goal it could never be achieved and the only way you could get anywhere near it was to pay attention to detail. You have to care enough to pay attention to detail. Needless to say she won a gold award.
Back to my real world - here is the bit of detail I did today.