Posts Tagged ‘PCI Adventure’

The Space You’re In

December 3, 2008

“All creativity happens somewhere—in a study, in a studio, on a stage, in a garret. That space is where the creation comes to life, where the work actually happens—or doesn’t.”
Phil Cousineau, Stoking the Creative Fires: 9 Ways to Rekindle Passion & Imagination.

I love this quote. Something about the idea that there’s always a “somewhere” where creativity happens. I think I like this because creativity seems so ethereal sometimes, it’s nice to think about it being anchored to a real place.

But then I look at my desk, where I do most of my creative work, and I’m struck by its confines. I inherited this desk very used (that is, free) at a time when I was so broke that free was almost expensive.

I’m observing now (not for the first time, but in a new way) that the top of my desk is pinched and crowded. Papers are stacked everywhere. Computer cords wrap my ankles. The wall presses in. Worst of all, I sit with my back to the window. 

Cousineau says “where the work actually happens.” And I don’t think he was talking about “work” as in a job. But maybe so. Now that I reflect upon the quote, I think it’s time for me to turn and face the work as I work. I hope that means, more often than not: as I create.

So my question to you is: what’s your work/job space like? What’s the space you’re in when you’re working in that space?

How does your space support you in your work?

by Amy Frazier



November 3, 2008

What’s the relationship between creativity and artistry? On the one hand, artists have to master the nuts and bolts of technique, and often this doesn’t really feel “creative” in the general sense of the word. They’re not creating anything new in those moments, one could say; they’re just practicing their scales. Part of what an artist does is not blindingly creative.

On the other hand, there are amazingly creative people who don’t consider themselves “artists” in the formal sense of the word. Clearly, being creative and being an artist are different things at different moments.

Here’s something that recently crossed my path in an article at the Harvard Business School Working Knowledge site called What Artists Know About Leadership, by Sharon Daloz Parks. She lists the power and qualities of an artist as: “the ability to work on an edge, in an independent relationship with the medium, with a capacity for creative improvisation.” This seems to put the choreographer and the project manager on pretty even footing as far as process is concerned. So then the question is: how do all of us develop those creative muscles?

by Amy Frazier