CREATIVITY

CURIOSITY + CONSTRAINT = CREATIVITY

I feel this equation deeply and often in my life. 

Are you curious about adding constraint to your creative workout? Check out my 'Creativity Boosters' below! 

Another excellent resource is the book Creative Acts for Curious People: How to Think, Create and Lead in Unconventional Ways by Sarah Stein Greenberg. I can't recommend it enough.

Creativity boosters

16 Squares

This activity encourages students to embrace ‘quantity’ over ‘quality’, silence their inner critics and remove the need for perfectionism in creative work, help students think visually (even in non-visual subjects) and showcase the concept that ‘constraint breeds creativity’.

An Ode to the Other Hand

This Creativity Booster asks students to tap into their inner beginner and, in doing so, develop a new level of awareness and empathy for anyone learning something new. This includes being gentle and forgiving to ourselves when we’re a novice at a new activity.

Yes, Lets!

‘Yes! Let’s!’ comes from the world of improv. This activity works best if everyone’s cameras are on, however it’s not required. It’s important to note that in the art of improv, a ‘no’ is a dead end. Nothing ends a scene faster. This energizing, low-stakes invitation to unequivocally commit to jumping into something is a great creative and life skill to embrace, even if students are unsure or feel a little uncomfortable.

5 Senses

This ‘5 Senses’ Creativity Booster is a mindfulness practice. There is huge value in engaging in mindfulness exercises to help spark creativity. If nothing else, it gets students out of their normal routines and it removes us all from actively using our devices.

INTERSECTION

 

Intersection is an 18-episode audio series featuring 17 female artists from five countries launched in November 2021 and it's my most ambitious podcast project to date. Amidst the 17 conversations strong connections emerged; a web of wisdom born out of nodes of knowledge. Uncovering points of intersection to connect each artist to the next to the next became the creative constraint that I chose to work within. There are the individual stories and then there are the stories between the stories.

I recently presented The Making of Intersection (A Podcast Series) at The Creative School's RUBIX 2022 event. The format of the event was a 20x20 PechaKucha talk to share my creative process collecting, cataloguing and connecting others’ creative processes.

(You can also check out Episode 077: Intersection Primer if you want the long-winded version.)

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