Tuesday, 15 December 2009
There is a tendency in British culture to assume that creative expression is restricted to an anointed group. Though everyone creates freely in childhood, the idea of 'talent' (you've either got it or you haven't, and most of us haven't) soon begins to get a grip on our minds. The result of this is that a large number of people emerge into adult life with little or no sense of themselves as legitimate creators.
This blog will explore the nature of creativity in its widest sense (painting, dancing, felting, cooking, writing, poetry, film-making etc.). Its starting question is 'how do we inhibit and block our naturally creative response to life?' I'll be ruminating on my own past history of 'blocked creativity' from the perspective of books and articles which offer different perspectives on this question. I'll also be reporting on the processes and ideas which emerge in the context of an 'Artist's Way' (Julia Cameron, 1992) study group which is beginning in January, 2010.