But wait we are discussing creativity, right?
Really I need to be able to harness the ideas, to create the time to make all the projects I've planned over the years. To have a clear space in which to make the projects. There is a lot more to living the creative life than getting ideas.
The books I've bought over the years and haven't read were on my list of things to do in 2013. I have opted to just make stuff so far, and haven't even cracked them open.
Still, I think, I'll increase my already overflowing creative idea bank account if I just read all these books.
I wonder if my books will be like the Harry Potter Book of Monsters, so when opened the concepts will leap out, growling and grab me. One can only hope.
Right now they remain on my to-do list, but get pushed back. One of my presentations to guilds is on becoming more creative and that concept is always in the front of my mind.
I am growing aware of the fact that one needs to be open to creativity, but also have a space ready to use it when the ideas come. I'll be exploring the way creative thought, organization of tools, arrangement of studio furniture, time management, body/family issues, and one's sense of self all work together.
For now the questions I have are, does clutter reduce creativity? How does workspace organization impact productivity? Do you overcome pain or let it interrupt your creativity? What impact does time or lack of it have? Do you buy books to help and not read them? Would they help or are they just the promise of possibility? I think these are universal questions among artists and fine craft makers.