Tuesday, February 19, 2008


I've spent a lot of time lately thinking about the word "creative" and what it means to me. I've asked myself why I knit. Why I sew. Why I write. Why I don't write as much as I used to. Why I take pictures of bark. Why I like to make my own Christmas cards. Why I love wrapping gifts.

What the definition of a "creative person" is.

I've thought about the choices I make with my time. With my money. What it all is worth.

I've asked myself what the purpose is. And where the urge comes from.

It's interesting. Have you asked yourself any of these questions?


Kate said...

Your post made me think, Anna...about the definition of a "creative person." I would never in a million years describe myself as creative, but I love to knit, and play around with yarns and even tweak patterns a little bit. I love decorating cards and letters that I send to friends. Am I creative? I'm still not sure! I *do* think that people who do creative things inspire those around them. For example, I never would have branched out from knitting scarves or simple items if I hadn't had knitting friends pushing me out of my comfort zone. Lots to think about!

essjay said...

I've been thinking a lot about "creativity" too. When I was taking my photography class last fall I *really* struggled with my own creativity. I was given assignments to test out different technical aspects of photography - it wasn't about the art, but about how to take these types of pictures why my camera. Despite the technical aspect I still wanted to be creative, I wanted my pictures to say something. Yet I couldn't find interesting things to photograph. Sure, many of the pictures were good, but didn't represent what I expected. With my knitting I feel creative while doing it, but it is more because I can create something from a pattern. I pick out yarn to work, get gauge and then follow instructions. I feel it is more of a "skill" and doesn't make me creative - maybe if I designed my own patterns, or altered patterns from the orginal. I guess I compare myself to people who create beautiful things out of nothing - from just a vision and I struggle with that. Of course it doesn't mean I'm not a creative person...I'm usually pretty tough on myself!