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 Constraints

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):

The Difference: Art & Craft (TED-Ed)

Weaving (National Geographic)

All in a Bind (Channel 4 News)

Zen of Knitting (60 Second Docs)

VIDEO (YouTube): TED

Why X Stitch is Important - J. Chalmers

Activism Needs Introverts – S. Corbett

In Praise of Slowness - Carl Honore

WEB ARTICLE: Unbound

How To Be A Craftivist. Sarah Corbett

VIDEO (YouTube):

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

Inspiring a Maker Movement (CNN)

The Next Maker Movement (Make:)

DOCUMENTARY: Trailer

The True Cost (Andrew Morgan)

A Time For Making (Phillip Vannini)

Maker (Mu-Ming Tsai)

Print the Legend (Lopez & Tweel)

 

RIPPLE EFFECT

CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS TO ENGAGE THE CAPACITY TO FEEL
Graphic Design Poster

 

STAYING

WITHIN

     THE

LINES

FILM / VIDEO (YouTube): Trailer

Be Kind Rewind (Michel Gondry)

Strictly Ballroom (Baz Luhrmann)
Moon (Duncan Jones)
Ghost in the Shell (Rupert Sanders)

TV SERIES / VIDEO (YouTube):

Going Postal (Acorn Media)

Severance (Apple TV)

ARTIST / SHOWCASE / VIDEO (YouTube):
Memory Palace (Vancouver Art Gallery)

10 Bullets (Tom Sachs)
A Peach Blossom Crown (Liziqi)

 

HEALTHY M.O.

HEALTHY MENTAL OUTLOOK & PSYCHOLOGICAL SUPPORT
Abstract Cartoon

THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY

MENTAL FRAME-WORKS:

VIDEO (YouTube):

Uses of Envy (School of Life)

Creative Jealousy (Sean Tucker)

Why Fans Turn to Haters (Teal Swan)

VIDEO (YouTube):

Envy & Fairness (Emotion Dynamics)

Intersectionality (Peter Hopkins)

Discrimination (Crash Course)

Prejudice (Crash Course)

Implicit Bias (TED)

VIDEO (YouTube):

PNTV: Path of Least Resistance

Fundamentals of Structural Thinking

 

THE PROCESS

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

 INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY &

THE CREATIVE COMMONS

VIDEO (YouTube): Crash Course

Intellectual Property

Copyright Basics

Copyright, Exceptions & Fair Use

VIDEO (Vimeo):

A Shared Culture – Creative Commons

 

VIDEO (YouTube):
Using Creative Commons (GCFLearnFree)
Creative Commons Licences (Process Arts)
License Your Work (Kingsborough E-Learn)

VIDEO (YouTube): Tom Scott

Copyright System Isn't Broken -the World's Is

 

SHIFT GEARS

EXPANDING PERSPECTIVES, AWARENESS & CONSCIOUSNESS
Pirate Flag

OUT OF BOUNDS:

The Art of Death

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