Anyone who has ever done any sort of creative activity has had times when their mind just goes blank – nothing comes or worse what does develop is like thick peanut butter on the kitchen bench. A globby mess! This is when it is handy to have a few tricks in your back pocket to trick your mind into thinking in different ways.
Creative problem solving and creativity is one of those subject areas that never fails to interest me. Martin Leith has researched, explained and collated together every method to generate ideas he has encountered. Each method is at least described. Some have full instructions on applying the method to generate ideas.
Many of these methods can be applied by textile practitioners and as I read them I thought about how many of them could be shaped to make interesting visual journal exercises.
Hay! I think I have just thought of a workshop without thinking about it.
Runs away … screaming “No No I have enough to do!”
A little haunting voice replies “but it would make an interesting series of posts”…
Still running bounces of the kitchen door as I had not noticed in my hurry that it was closed.
Says to self “Go away why do you think like this? Where do you get such ideas”…
Little voice replies “but it would be more than interesting – I might learn something – its not so hard just illustrate methods in your visual journal keep it simple”
Running faster “No! I am heading for the shower it’s time for work!”