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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All You Wanted for Christmas

So now we have a food baby (or two) from the Christmas over indulgence, and whilst all the celebs come out with their fitness videos and DVDs to get us back into shape, watch this little celebration of Friends and Family across 2 countries on our 8 wheels.

Special Thanks goes out to Patti and the Dublin skaters for the collab and looking after me during my time in Ireland.

Also shout out to Abi rolling her heart out over in Berlin, faithfully rocking her F’lay Tee (which you can get from our shop along with other gifts and art prints)!!

For those of you who got skates I hope this inspires you to get them onto your feel and just dance the night away!

Enjoy the rest of your Holidays! #RollOut

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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.

Also don’t forget you can follow our Christmas adventure @jiggycreationz on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest

#JiggyXmas Everyone.

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Spiral Art – Esther’s Ridell 172

What started off as a random doodle at 3am because I couldn’t sleep, has now grown and I have now had a few commissions. This instalment shows some of my work in progress and some speed art whilst adding the digital colour for Esther’s from Ginger Skates, using Photoshop.



For more like these have a gander on my spiral art on Red Bubble.

Also, you can follow me @craigjiggy on Twitter and Instagram #spiralart

And follow our friends at Ginger Skates in Amsterdam for your Roller Skating needs!

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Just Add Colour

5 Books to Colour Your Stress Away

In this hectic, high pressure, on demand world, it’s easy to end up with a brain flooded with things to do. When you do get a moment to yourself, how many times have you wished to go back to childhood or a time when things were simpler? Well, fear not, as a stealthy resurgence is now occurring in the art and graphic design world; colouring books are making a comeback! Without being sciency, colouring in allows us to relax and destress by focusing on the task at hand, whilst being free to get creative and use whatever colours (including media) we want! I have been guilty of hunching over a white A4 sheet of paper with a black outline of a lego man at 3am, using the free crayons in 24 hour Mc D’s which to this day fills me with joy and a feeling of freedom! Simple things I know and I have no shame! Here 5 of adult colouring books to help you chill out.

1. Lost Ocean Inky Adventure by Johanna Basford

Created by worldwide bestseller author Johanna Basford, Lost Ocean invites colour-inners of all ages to go underwater from where ever you choose to colour-in. The book also comes with a large double-sided pull-out poster to colour and keep. Get lost under the sea and de-stress as your pencils (or pens) glide over the smooth, untextured ivory paper.

2. Memos to Shitty People by James Alexander

Incompetent co-worker? Annoying neighbour? Rubbish friend? Colour away your frustration with over thirty-five delightful and vulgar phrases you wish you’d said out loud.

Each single-sided page includes such tension-busting phrases as, ‘Seriously, Bitch?’ and ‘Oh look … the fuck-up fairy has visited’ alongside friendly critters and intricate flora to calm your nerves.

WARNING contains seriously colourful language!

3. Swear Words Colouring Book by Outrageous Katie

For those of you who have a passion for spraying a flurry of F bombs, this one is for you!  You can colour in your colourful language and relieve your stresses upon Outrageous Katie’s awesome illustrations. This book decorates offensive expletives with mandalas, animals, ornate shapes and flowers on each page. Obviously this is not for kids so FFS please don’t leave it on the coffee table with the little ones’ copy of Pig Peppa (I know what I said…) magazine!

4. Anti-Stress Colouring: doodle & dream by Christina Rose

“Creativity replaces anxiousness when pencils and pens are put to paper in this intricate collection of illustrations.” I couldn’t have put it better myself! Anti-Stress is just one in a series of doodle & dream coloring books by Christina Rose where each illustration has an inspirationall quote to help shift those dark clouds. This book encourages you to even cut out your final piece and frame it with pride, just like when mum or dad used to stick you picture up on the fridge!

5. The Mindfulness Colouring Book: Anti-stress art therapy for busy people by Emma Farrarons

Good things come in small packages (so they say!) and this is one of the good things. This bestselling adult colouring book is an awesome pocket-sized stress beater. Emma Farraons book is packed full of drawings which allow you to focus on the exercise whilst distracting you from the things getting you down. Whip out your pencil wherever you are, and colour your way to calm!


There are plenty of adult colouring books out there waiting to be filled in with colour. If your not sure about the value of colouring in, the next time you’re at a restaurant and you see a kids menu, look around for the crayons. Pick them up and draw on the play sheet! If it doesn’t stress you out from trying to be perfect and keeping between the lines, it may be just the thing for you.

Don’t forget your pencils…


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Skate Love Barcelona ’16

The R0ll Jiggy squad are back from the BCN Rollerdance 2016 installment of Skate Love Barcelona.

We joined fellow skaters from Germany, UK, Netherlands and across the globe to come together in a colorful mix of people who combine their passion for roller skating with music, dance and art.

Take a brief look at some of the weekend’s event in pictures.

Opening Night on the Catwalk

#TeamJiggy presented the UK’s DJ Dr Drew’s Prescription Sound to the BCN audience and joined forces with fellow skate DJs Rollers Hi-Fi (Germany) and DJ Bart (France) in the booth to create an awesome vibe on the opening night.

As Seen On Jiggy (ASOJ)…

You can have your own piece of Jiggy Wear as featured in some of the photos in this gallery! Some designs are also available as Tote Bags, note books, phone cases, t-shirts, greeting cards and even postcards which you can send to your loved ones whilst travelling with your skates. You can find them via our Shop or by visiting our Redbubble store.

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Cheese And Whine A-Line Dress | Redbubble | Jiggy Creationz

Cheese and Whine in an A-Line Dress

Following our recent post on 5 A-Line Dresses selected by #TeamJiggy Roller Girls @r0lljiggy, I decided to make my Cheese and Whine Party illustration available as an A-Line Dress.

Cheese and Whine A-Line Dress by Jiggy Creationz on Redbubble
Chesse & Whine A-Line Dress
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Ain’t no Party like a Cheese and Whine Party!

It’s approaching a year since the Cheese and Whine Party illustration was inspired by a silly chat over a glass of wine, with the girls from the Camberwell Community Choir. As with most of my drawings, this idea spawned from a mashup of images based word play. A cheese and wine party with the added bonus of a good old R&B Slow Jam dance off!

What’s all this Cheese and Whine About then?

The spirit behind the Cheese and Whine Party illustration is based on a meeting of two cultures where society expects us not mix. In a world where certain types aren’t allowed in certain places and people are treated differently because of what they look like, Cheese and Whine Party is a light-hearted, fun poke at the very real situation. Middle classed people with etiquette feeling they are not allow to dance or listen to music genres such as R&B, Dancehall, or Soca; and visa-versa.

More than just a dress…

The Cheese and Whine illustration is available in many different products, including Tote Bags, note books, phone cases, t-shirts and even as greeting cards which you can use as invitations for your own cheese and wine parties. You can find them via our Shop or by visiting our Redbubble store.

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RedBubble A-Line Dreesses - Creative Jam - Jiggy Creationz

5 A-Line Dress selected by #TeamJiggy Roller Girls

We love Redbubble and to celebrate summer (and before we design our own), we asked our #TeamJiggy Roller Girls to pick 5 of their favourite artist designs which have been applied to A-Line dresses!

Your body needs art - RedBubble

1. Impossible Shapes: Hexagon

A-Line Dress Impossible Shapes: Hexagon by Jeff Merrick on Redbubble
Impossible Shapes: Hexagon by Jeff Merrick on Redbubble
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This design called “Impossible Shapes: Hexagon” by Jeff Merrik came top of the pack when the girls saw this design!

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6 Memorable Football Championship Mascots

I’ve always looked more towards the mascots more than the logo designs when it comes to global sport tournaments. So with the opening of Euro 2016, I looked into what mascot design had been put to the table for this years French hosts. And here is what our fellow designers came up with, Super Victor!!! Yay!!!

Super Victor Euro 2016
Super Victor Euro 2016

But I couldn’t help but think about the glory days of the mascot (in my mind)…  So   With the start of Euro 2016 in France I thought it would be the perfect time to look back at some of my most memorable football championship mascots over the past few years. So here we you go…

1. Footix (World Cup – France 98 Mascot)

Football Mascots - Footix - France 98
Footix – France 98

Footix, a rooster, was created by graphic designer Fabrice Pialot in 1996 and selected from a shortlist of five mascots.

2. Ciao (World Cup – Italia ’90 Mascot)

Football Mascots - Ciao, Italia 90
Ciao, Italia 90

Now this one sticks in my mind because of channel 4’s opening titles during their coverage of Italian football. Simple yet to the point. Cubes in the Italian tricolor with a football for a head. What more could you ask for!

3. Pique (World Cup – Mexico 86 Mascot)

Football Mascots - Pique Mexico 86
Pique Mexico 86

Now the reason why Pique from World Cup 1986 was because he came in a kinda suprise!! I’m not sure but i think he was a Chilli pepper!

4. Goaliath (Euro 96 Mascot)

Football Mascots - Goaliath, Euro 96
Goaliath -Euro 96

GOALiath was the official mascot of Euro 1996 in England, once again using an iconic lion as the character. Cleaver name with GOAL in it… but as usual with England they never came!

5. Stryker (World Cup – USA ’94 Mascot)

Football Mascots - Stryker - World Cup USA 94
Stryker – World Cup USA 94

Donning the Red, White and Blue from the Stars and Stripes, Styker was the mascot for the FIFA World Cup ’94.

6. Pinocchio (Euro 80 / European Championship 1980 Mascot)

Football Mascots - Pinocchio 1980
Pinocchio 1980

Pinocchio was actually the first Euro Championship way back (before I was born) in 1980, and if you haven’t guessed, the tournament was in Italy.

 

So what your favourite or most memorable Mascot? Feel free to comment below!

For more like this take a look FIFA World Cup Mascots on Wikipedia

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