A few weeks ago I asked one of my favorite blogging ladies, Ashe Mischief, to write an article for FnF. Visit her blog Dramatis Personae, write her anonymous love notes, and follow her on Twitter. She is awesome-tastic.
"A college professor once told us this story of her as a child. As a child she spent many hours drawing. She'd spend many hours attempting to replicate other famous pictures, and she would proudly showcase those to her mother. Her mother said to her, "Aw, that's good sweetie, but you're not very creative, are you?" As a young girl, this crushed her, and she was more reluctant to continue to do things like draw.
Things changed when she entered college, and a professor told her, "Creativity is not the act of being original. It's the act of interpreting something to your own vision."
We're living in a digital world where originality is far more scarce than it once was and it's much difficult to come by; that being said, we're living in a world where creativity has the sky as the limit, because we have so many more influences touching our daily lives. I think creativity can exist in many forms, and it isn't just limited to the artistic forms.
We all have the capacity to bring creativity to our wardrobe-- whether we consider ourselves fashionable or not. Even the most mundane Molly can bring her own creativity to her personal style. It's all in whether you choose to do it and how you do it.
- Identify your loves, interests, and passions! Creativity comes from that which drives us-- whether stocks and bonds, photography, hip hop music, architecture, or a city.
- Identify the ways you already incorporate that in to your daily life: Are you obsessed with numbers and carry your PDA everywhere so you can keep up to date on stocks, finances, and more? Do you carry around watercolors, colored pencils, and sketchpads or perhaps a camera everywhere? Think about how you are expressing yourself through your passions and what are the necessary tools for you to do so.
- Translate what you already do in your life to your personal style. This is the hardest part of the process, because it's the part that may require you to stretch your creativity in ways that make you uncomfortable or feel unfamiliar to you. The truth is, you do use this aspect of your creativity all of the time-- just channeled and focused in different ways.
If you're an avid traveler, you can share that love by carrying a purse or bag with cities on it. As a math geek, you could consider making a charm bracelet with only prime number charms on it. If you're a bold person, you can reclaim your interests as part of your personal style. Maybe wear pocket protectors with a sense of irony, charm, and functionality.
(I always think of the show The Big Bang Theory, and how the young men on their could be considered quite the "not creative" types, and yet, how their personal style, living spaces, fashion, all are reflective of their own greater sense of personal style. If physicists can do it, so can you!)
Maybe some of you are thinking, "Well, that's great and dandy for the creatively challenged, Ashe Mischief, but what if I'm already doing that?"
Push yourself farther! That's it; that's all I've got for you.
What is your most abstract or obscure interest? Maybe you like the feel of the hot sun on your body while you're at the beach, or red balloons and carriage rides. You could carry around balloons or wear your swimsuit around, but I don't think that is going to give off the message you're trying to convey. This is why you switch from thinking literally to abstractly... think about the movement of the waves, the colors of the ocean, the shapes of the shadows-- transform that in to a skirt whose fabric moves similarly and is the color of the froth on waves. Try finding an architectural garment that is the color of summer shadows.
I think despite how easy this is all to read or write on a page, that focusing your energy and creativity in these ways is a lot more challenging that we thought! The sad truth is it takes most of us years, if not decades, to develop our own personal style. Many people may never do it. We find ourselves spending so much time focusing on our creative outlets, that we many not spend as much time translating that in to our personal style, and as such ourselves, as we should.
Make it a challenge to yourself in 2009, to spend more time uniting your creativity and personal style, so that they become one and that one is a delightful, gorgeous, wonderful you.
If you'd like to write a guest post for Fish nor Fowl, email me with a link to your blog (or writing samples) and your idea or finished post. I'll do my best to incorporate as many as I can!