Being Creative: The Art of Making Mistakes

Can you be truly “creative” if you don’t make mistakes? Who decides on how creative you are, or if you are even creative at all? Is being creative a state of mind or is it displaying things in exhibitions and galleries for all to see?

As someone who has struggled with being a perfectionist, I often argue with myself about not doing things right vs chilling out and accepting my “faults”. I’m not quite sure where this comes from. Whether it’s my upbringing from parents; my education; my “catholic guilt syndrome”; or just my own in-built conflict.

Cause and effect

I remember being in school and drawing a lot of Christmas cards for my friends in class, at one point, I was even drawing cards for other classes. They were all entered into the annual Christmas Card competition and a card would always win which had an element drawn by me in it, yet I never won. In my last year of school I did receive a certificate saying “Highly Commended” which (to this day) still leaves me asking the question “…was it pity for all the drawings I did” or “…was it a because they noticed something looked the same on all the cards”?? Either way the result was my card just wasn’t good (or “creative”) enough, right? These experiences took me down the path to attempt at being “perfect”.  I.e. not taking risks. But being creative must be the opposite.

As a “creative”, I think your mind should be free. Light. Expressive. Colourful. Have no fear of taking risks. But even though I have quite a surreal imagination, and pretty much visualise and mashup conversations all the time, I don’t consider myself as “that creative”. Maybe it’s because society says “your portfolio doesn’t stand up to the quality of this person” or “you’re work is not critically acclaimed by someone at the national galley”. Or some people don’t hold the same value or you work and therefore doesn’t put a monetary value to it (does that make it less creative.)

Embrace your mistakes

Over the last few years I’ve actually gone out of my way to do things out of my comfort zone and break away from this quest of being perfect, which to me, can suffocate my creativity. I like to experiment… So, if I’m experimenting… this means I have to mistakes… and ultimately take RISKS.

Everyone has different measurement of risk, but for me I started doing small things like drawing in pen so I couldn’t rub out. Surprisingly I didn’t get agitated or angry over an ill placed pen stroke, I just covered up the mistake using cross hatching or by over the correct line with more pen pressure. Without realising it, I was creating a solution to a problem without much thought at all. Some people say “thinking outside the box” or “blue sky thinking“, but ultimately its called “being creative” and finding a solution to a problem!!!

When creativity turns into perfection

Being creative isn’t new (but it is “thinking new”) but it’s something you care about then embracing it to find a “new way”, improving you and others around you. In this TEDx talk, How to get better at the things you care about, Eduardo Briceño describes how Beyoncé reviews her performances each night and works to make them better. 

But at what point does an idea… stop being “new” or creative and turn into perfection?

Beauty (or mistakes) are in the eyes of the beholder

The glorious web is littered in artists who have made a creative career by accident!

 

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Red and Green at Christmas

The Colours of Christmas

Have you ever wondered why Red and Green are commonly used to represent Christmas? Well there are many reasons which go way back into the sands of time. Most the colours and their meanings come from the western/northern European traditions and customs, when Christmas is in the middle of winter and it’s dark and cold. Here are a few with reasons with some of our own Christmas themed snaps.

Green

Green is though to represent the sign of new life. Evergreen plants, such as Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe have been used for thousands of years to decorate and brighten up buildings during the long dark winter. Evergreens also serve as a reminder to people that spring will come back soon and that winter doesn’t stick around forever!

Apparently Romans would exchange evergreen branches during January as a symbol of good luck. Even the ancient Egyptians used to bring palm branches and decorate their homes during the mid winter festivals.

In many parts of Europe during the middle ages, Paradise plays were performed, often on Christmas Eve. They told Bible stories to people who couldn’t read. The ‘Paradise Tree’ in the garden of eden in the play was normally a pine tree with red apples tied to it.

Even though today’s Christmas Trees have quirky design and new takes, they are still the most common use of green at Christmas time.

Building Christmas #dublinatchristmas #workinprogress #christmas

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Red

Many people associate red with the big Coca Cola trucks rolling into town blasting out the “Holidays are Coming“, however for those who see the less commercial side of Christmas, an early use of red were the apples on the paradise tree (as mentioned above). These apples (some believe they were pomegranates) are said to represent the fall of Adam in early theatre productions / plays.

Coca Cola is also (mythically) given credit for Santa’s red uniform, but one more plausible reason as to why Santy (love this new name for Santa which I picked up from our Irish roller skating team) wears red is because as a Bishop, St. Nicholas would have worn red robes!

Red is also the colour of Holly berries, which is said to represent the blood of Jesus when he died on the cross. The Holly was also represents the crown of thorns which Jesus came to wear at his crucifixion (which is Easter but never mind!).

 

More Red & Green on Insta

Love Christmas purely for the endless possibilty to take #lowlight shots that really become timestamps

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#Christmas was made for #boomberang

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Your Christmas Colours

If you have your own ideas of colour at Christmas or what they mean, feel free to comment below.

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Why you’re seeing a face in this purse – Pareidolia

Have you ever looked at the moon and noticed a face? Or even thought the front of a car looks like it’s smiling at you? Well that’s the science of Pareidolia (par-i-DOH-lee-a)

Can you see the face in the bag - pareidolia - Image source (MSN.com)Pareidolia explains why people see faces within random patterns.

Source: Why you’re seeing a face in this purse

According to vox, Pareidolia is Greek from beyond the image. It is caused by the brain trying to make sense of pattern. Even Leonardo Da Vinci made reference to this phenomenon in his notes.

“If you look at any walls spotted with various stains or with a mixture of different kinds of stones, if you are about to invent some scene you will be able to see in it a resemblance to various different landscapes adorned with mountains, rivers, rocks, trees, plains, wide valleys, and various groups of hills. You will also be able to see divers combats and figures in quick movement, and strange expressions of faces, and outlandish costumes, and an infinite number of things which you can then reduce into separate and well conceived forms” – Da Vinci

Sometimes you don’t see them unless someone else points it out to you and then, as if by magic, you are hit by the revelation (or some just don’t s get it)!

Pareidolia however is not exclusively about seeing faces. It’s also when we see other patterns and shapes which form letters or other things we are visually familiar with.

Here are a few of our favourite examples. 

 

#iseefaces #iseefaceseverywhere #iseefacesinplaces @iseefacesinthestrangestplaces

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#iseefacestoo #iseefaceseverywhere #iseefacesinthestrangestplaces #iseefaces #DallasArboretum

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😫 Good Morning #igers! Yawn, stretch and get Jiggy!! What will you create today? @iseefacesinthestrangestplaces

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