Why create?

January 23, 2010

By guest blogger, Lisa Crone (A Bead A Day)…

Why Create?

Creativity can't be pictured!

Creativity can't be pictured!

I’ve been thinking about the creative process lately, and during those random thoughts, sort of wondered why we create…  Or, maybe this is more about why “I” create.

In relation to jewelry making, there are a number of reasons for me to create:

  1. Fun/entertainment/relaxation
  2. Creating on demand (for book, magazine or blogs)
  3. Gift giving
  4. To create a memory

While all of these reasons to create make me happy in their own way, I have to admit I am more likely to push myself out of my comfort zone when creating on demand or to create a memory.

This is especially true if someone else picks out the beads or materials that will be incorporated into the project.  There is a bit of excitement about having a deadline and wanting to create something unique.

If you allow yourself to keep an open mind, I think it is possible for the creativity to take over and that is always a rewarding experience. When you get to the end of the project and you look back and wonder how you figured it all out in amazement, wow!

I wonder if that is similar to getting in the “zone” while running? Is more serotonin released during this process? I wouldn’t be surprised.

Just another reason (not excuse) to bring out the beads and create!

It would be interesting to find out from other beaders whether they have experienced creating in “the zone”! Are they surprised to find they have created something special and inspired? Could you call this “bead meditation”?

— Lisa Crone,
A Bead in Time” book, out in January 2010

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  • Reply Erin Prais-Hntz January 25, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Great post Lisa! I agree that it is often those deadlines that loom that push me out of my zone, but not always. Sometimes that just leaves me a bit panicked! I love to create with someone else’s treasures. It is so freeing in an odd way to work with things that I didn’t pick out and opens up possibilities I may never have thought of. Thanks for sharing your inspiration! Enjoy the day! Erin

  • Reply Dave Robertson January 25, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Nice to hear more thoughts about the idea of working within some imposed boundaries–and making them your own!

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