PART II: CREATIVE COMMUNITY

THE GUIDE

As a species, we are a creative bunch ~ curious, inventive and innovative. Faced with obstacles and challenges, we make tools, find solutions and create alternatives. Often, we play with what we’ve made, explore, and expand on what came before.

 

Sometimes, we end up reinventing the wheel. Or we build a better mousetrap that benefits others. But once in a while, our explorations may push past certain boundaries,  for better or worse.

 

What are the limits of creative expression? We may think that life would be better if we were free from all constraints, but when we try to live in the land of too many options, we can often lose depth and focus.

 

Sometimes, working within specific parameters can activate our ingenuity, free our creativity, and set a process of mastery into motion we may never have considered before.

 

However, if we are too restricted in our environment or too rigid in a set perspective, we may get stuck in inconsequential details, derail our momentum, and halt our growth and expansion.

Do we turn the process of working with our limitations into a creative game? Do we turn it into a fight to the death, seeking to push through boundaries at any cost, even if it leads to destruction?

11. LIMITS ~ Creative Contraints

Essay by Katarzyna Vedah.  June 1, 2019

Or do we enforce those limits on ourselves, and block or sabotage our own progress and success so as to not be the target of others’ envy or jealousy?

In terms of personal expression, do we have the right to say anything, even if it causes harm to others? Do we value the right to dissent, even if others may use it against us? Are we free to express ourselves in ways that devalue others or steal from them through our words, actions and creations? What are the real consequences, and do we accept the responsibility for the outcomes?

 

People who challenge accepted limits can be mavericks who reshape and evolve our view of the status quo, exposing social and societal imbalances or broadening our scope of what is possible.

 

But people who challenge certain boundaries can also be hostile and repressive forces that end up restraining perspectives and exchange, benefiting personally from a situation while exploiting others’ individual rights and freedoms.

When it comes to our creative lives and personal expression, moderation and discernment can serve us well. Certain limiting factors can trigger new ways to approach old problems, boundaries can act as frameworks, and constraints can be grounding when faced with too many options or limitless possibilities.

On the other hand, being too stuck in guidelines, ground rules, and rigid perspectives can cut us off from new vistas that could enhance our lives and expand our world view.

 

Self-expression is a powerful act that can ripple out into the world. How we choose to express ourselves says something about us ~ and what we put out into the public sphere has an impact, on ourselves as well as others, whether we know it or not. It is how we make our mark on the world.

 

How will you leave yours?

VIDEO (YouTube):

William Morris (School of Life)

Weaving (National Geographic)

All in a Bind (Channel 4 News)

Sleep Quilt (Fine Cell Work)

Zen of Knitting (60 Second Docs)

Swap-O-Rama-Rama (Hip Line Media)

VIDEO (YouTube): TED

Difference Between Art & Craft?

Why X Stitch is Important - J. Chalmers

DOCUMENTARY (YouTube): Trailer

The True Cost (Andrew Morgan)

A Time For Making (Phillip Vannini)

RIPPLE EFFECT

CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS TO ENGAGE THE CAPACITY TO FEEL

 

STAYING

WITHIN

     THE

LINES

FILM / VIDEO (YouTube): Trailer

Mary Shelley (Haifaa al-Mansour)

Ghost in the Shell (Rupert Sanders)

 

TV MINI SERIES / VIDEO (YouTube):

Going Postal (Acorn Media)

 

SHORT FILM / VIDEO (YouTube):

Working to Code (Tom Sachs Movies)

 

MUSIC / VIDEO (YouTube):

Alien Days – MGMT

Shake It Off – Taylor Swift

DOCUMENTARY (YouTube):Trailer

She Makes Comics (Marisa Stotter)

VIDEO (YouTube):

Jack Kirby (Comic Book Girl 19)

Scott McCloud (PBS NewsHour)

 

BOOK REVIEW / VIDEO:  Stumcm

"Making Comics" & "Understanding Comics"

"Drawing Words & Writing Pictures"
 

WEB COMICS / CARTOONIST: 

Dangerous Game (Safely Endangered)

Mike Winters is a Cartoon Machine (VICE)

HEALTHY M.O.

HEALTHY MENTAL OUTLOOK & PSYCHOLOGICAL SUPPORT

EQUALITY,

ENVY &

ESTEEM 

VIDEO (YouTube):

Hate the Artist (The Art Assignment)

Discrimination (Crash Course)

Prejudice (Crash Course)

VIDEO (YouTube): TED

Implicit Bias – M. Fitzgerald

THE PROCESS

PRACTICAL REINFORCEMENT FOR SELF-CARE & DAY-TO-DAY LIVING

COPYRIGHT & CONSTRAINT

SHIFT GEARS

EXPANDING PERSPECTIVES, AWARENESS & CONSCIOUSNESS

OUT OF BOUNDS

VIDEO (YouTube):

Aesthetics (Crash Course)

VIDEO (YouTube):

Animal Corpses into Stunning Art

(This is Genius)

Animals Died for Damien Hirst's Art?

(Maya Margit)

VIDEO (YouTube): Ask a Mortician

Painting with Human Remains!

The Self Mummified Monks

La Pascualita: Mannequin or Corpse Bride?

VIDEO (YouTube): TED Talk

Corpses that Changed my Life – C. Doughty

 

VIDEO: NOTICE: Graphic Post Mortem Content

Donating Your Body to Science

(UC San Francisco)

The Art of Plastination

(Original Body Worlds)

Other Forever Corpses

(Ask a Mortician)

VIDEO (YouTube): Journeyman Pictures

The Corpse Factory – Germany

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