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August 4, 2017

TORN PAGES + A NOTE ON CREATIVITY

Those who create are rare; those who cannot are numerous. Therefore the latter are stronger  Coco Chanel

Probably the most overused adjective of 2017 no doubt, ‘Creative’ has become the buzz word of every, not less any, person not quite sure how to describe what they do in their insta bio (I’m sure I even had it at some point). Agreed, the term is excessively sprinkled around like ben-nye banana powder, but I believe everyone possesses some element of creativity. Unfortunately, this can sometimes be difficult to tap into, especially in a digital era where a few google searches can lead you into a wonderland of ideas output that leave you feeling deflated and largely unoriginal.

Although I have made a point of abstaining from the dreaded ‘C’ word online, I have always been a renaissance woman at heart. I am a profoundly visual person; I don’t say how I feel, I am more inclined to show you (this can be incredibly rewarding at times and positively mortifying at others). In fact, my love of the written word not only stems from my love of books, but the desire to concisely, articulate the magical things I see in my head. May sound crazy – but I relish texture, colour, smell, sound, movement. I absorb it all and let it seep into a big gumbo of exotic goodness inside me, just bursting to get out. I often wake in the night (if I have managed to get to sleep at all) and jot down random sparks of inspiration. I feel out of sync when I am not being creative no matter the guise. Whether I am doing a spot of DIY at home, or hacking away at old clothes to give it a new lease of life. Photography, digital branding, design, editing; These are all credible creative outlets, particularly in the ever evolving digital world we live in and I dabble in them all. But it is is through writing that I feel most free creatively.


“Don’t strive to be original. It will reveal itself no matter what you or others do.”


“Create meaning not product. Concern yourself with content, not technicalities”

TORN PAGES + A NOTE ON CREATIVITY

READ IT THEN RIP IT UP


So inspired was I by this book that after reading it at least 10 times in the past year, I decided that I didn’t want the wisdom between its hard covers to gather dust and be forgotten. So, I (somewhat hesitantly) ripped out my favourite pages and immortalised them forever in a £5 Ikea frame. A bit OTT you might say, but books are such a big part of my life that it is quite a natural, almost logical thing to frame pages of a book throughout my house. (The second logical thing I did was order another copy immediately afterwards). If you ever have a similar inclination, don’t resist. It really is so easy to do and is a really nice, cost effective way of adding personality, and in this case, meaning, to a blank empty space. I am tempted to adorn more walls in our home with pages from my favourite books as I see it has 2 benefits; 1) It pleases me and if nothing else and 2)  it encourages our guests to read. But don’t worry, I haven’t descended into a Russel Crowe esque mania worthy of a ‘Beautiful Minds’ remake. I am a ‘Creative’ after all. I’m sure I can find other ingenious ways to make the pages of my favourite books come alive.

HOW I STAY CREATIVE


The ability to be creative is ultimately a testament to the many different forms of art and expression we have ever absorbed or been exposed to. The music we listen to, books we read, movies we watch, plays we’ve seen. It’s very hard to fuel the fires of your imagination when you are passively consuming junk or uninspiring content. I like to go to art galleries – not because I am an art critic or have an real understanding of what I am viewing, but because I am always left in awe by what the artist has managed to create. Whether it be technique, dedication or just plain creative oomph, the creative output of others inspires and motivates me to create… to try and give something beautiful, something meaningful back to the world. Reading will naturally unlock dormant parts of the brain that allows you to be more imaginative and logical. The beauty of architecture and the intricacy of fashion; both of which balance art, design, colour and a fusion of materials, are all areas of artistic design and expression that helps me to stay creative.

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WIN A COPY


As part of my mission to encourage us ladies to read more; I am giving away x3 copies of this book. To enter, simply let me know what you do to stay creative within in the comments section below. You must be following on instagram too for the entry to be valid. I will announce the winners in my next instalment of BerrysBookClub here on the blog.

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