Posts Tagged ‘development’

Searching for Inspiration

Friday, January 13th, 2012

With all of the unknowns currently looming in my life, I have been feeling a bit flat and pointless lately. So to counteract this, I have been trying to find inspiration in other people who have been there/done that or who are undertaking creative developments that are of a similar nature to what I would like to be doing. This morning I stumbled across a guy called Noah Scalin who has developed a website called Make Something 365, which encourages you to do something creative every day. He has showcased lots of people who have decided to make or do something every day of the year in order to develop and explore their creativity. I am keen to get involved and to take on my own 365 day project – I just need to work out what it is. I am also a bit hesitant to start before I leave Paris, although really this shouldn’t hinder my ability to create. I need a project that I can do anywhere in the world. While my first thoughts are to do some writing, it isn’t what really excites me. I want something that requires me to use my hands and that will physically produce something. Perhaps 365 sock creatures? It’s tricky to always have a sewing machine around. Maybe the daily requirement shouldn’t be so important but by the end of the year I need to have 365 things. I guess 366 this year considering we get an extra day. Any suggestions are welcome.

Inspiration

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

When my brother was visiting me in Paris, we went and saw a Stefan Sagmeister exhibition at the Les Arts Decoratifs gallery. This is one of my favourite galleries in Paris as the exhibitions focus on contemporary movements in fashion, media and art – areas of great interest to me.

Stefan Sagmeister is an Austrian designer who pushes and explores the use of design in some fascinating ways. He has gained a good enough reputation that he is able to really pursue his love for design in ways that many other people dream of doing. He is also a very intelligent and thoughtful guy and has presented numerous times for TED – a series of talks from people of various backgrounds on a wide variety of topics. One of Sagmeister’s talks was about a year-long sabbatical that he took in Bali where he stopped working for a year and focussed purely on idea development and exploring new design concepts. The personal and professional benefits that he gained from this sabbatical are quite amazing and it has made me think about how I am spending my time in Paris.

This past year was a bit of a sabbatical for myself – I didn’t work and I attempted to explore new avenues of creativity. However I ran into a problem that Sagmeister experienced himself; he had taken a sabbatical a few years prior and had felt it a failure as he went into it without a plan. He thought having all of the free time in the world would instantly provide him with the freedom to create new ideas and yet it turned out not to be the case. This is a problem that I have been experiencing and I am thinking of following Sagmeister’s lead and developing a structure for my time so that I actually achieve things in the next year. I am a person who loves structure and boundaries and I think this way of working would suit me well. While I love being able to do things whenever I want, I also find myself craving routine and regularity. Setting myself a timetable for when I focus on writing, when I make sock creatures, when I develop new ideas, would provide me with the basic structure I need to get things done. With this in place, who knows what great things I will develop in 2012. Perhaps that award winning book I keep talking about…