Most of us “creatives” will recognise many of the points raised in this piece. I know I do – particularly the Lone Maker bit. but I do think that there are many useful pieces of advice in here.
How ever perfect your workspace
However beautifully equipped you are
You are on your own when it comes to creativity
You can’t buy it
You can’t learn it
Its the Elephant in your workroom
Do Craftspeople need to be creative?
Nope, you don’t. Lots aren’t
Enjoyment in making things does not make you creative. Many craftspeople are attracted to repetition and want nothing more than to run quietly along in their groove. Their skills increase over time and they can have a good business producing well crafted objects “The public wants it, I make it” They may introduce variations in terms of new colour-ways or sizes but they see no reason to reinvent the wheel.
However there is a different sort of crafts person, the artist-craftsman, who is driven by the desire to make something more and more exceptional. These run on creative energy, they are volatile and vulnerable…
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