Celebrating Creativity

Hi I'm Kadira Jennings, welcome to Unfolding Creativity, a portal to Abundance Through Creativity.

I am a creative artist celebrating and encouraging the creative in all of us.

My blog is a discussion, and creativity resource. Please take your time, look around and join the conversation if you would like to.
It is my passionate belief that we all have deep within us a creative genius just waiting for half a chance to get out no matter what field we work or play in.

''There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it.''
Martha Graham

Today I have an interesting video from world creativity expert Ken Robinson,

speaking at the 2011 World festival Of Creativity in Cannes in June 2011.

As always he has great insight into creativity and how we manage it.

Do you think we are all creative?
Do you believe that creativity is something as intrinsic to us as the blood in our veins?

Pix Credit

I came across a wonderful artist on Pinterest this week Matthew Cusick.  He is a collage artist making extraordinary art works from old maps.

Matthew Cusick  Inlaid maps, acrylic, on panel

Three Horses, 2011
Inlaid maps, acrylic, on panel
48 x 192 inches

It’s hard to believe the above image is maps.

Matthew Cusick  Inlaid maps, acrylic, on panel
Kara’s Wave, 2009
Inlaid maps, acrylic, on panel
24 x 36 inches

Matthew Cusick  Inlaid maps on panel

Bonnie, 2004
Inlaid maps on panel
42 x 60 inches

How talented is that!

He also does a technique called defacement, which I had never come across before.  He takes a page from an old book and erases most of the print leaving just a few words and a picture. I love this one….

Matthew Cusick  Defaced book page

A cool idea!

The following was sent to me in an email this week. The information originated from Gene Weingarten who did a story for the Washington post…. I feel it is so relevant to the creative discussion that I just had to share it with you.

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THE SITUATION

In Washington DC at a Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007, this man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, approximately 2,000 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After about 3 minutes, a middle-aged man noticed that there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds, and then he hurried on to meet his schedule.

About 4 minutes later:

The violinist received his first dollar. A woman threw money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.

At 6 minutes:

A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.

At 10 minutes:

A 3-year old boy stopped, but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head the whole time. This action was repeated by several other children, but every parent – without exception – forced their children to move on quickly.

At 45 minutes:

The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32.

After 1 hour:

He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed and no one applauded. There was no recognition at all.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before, Joshua Bell sold-out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100 each to sit and listen to him play the same music.

This is a true story. Joshua Bell, playing incognito in the D.C. Metro Station, was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people’s priorities.

This experiment raised several questions:

*In a common-place environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty?

*If so, do we stop to appreciate it?

*Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?

One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made . . ..

How many other things are we missing as we rush through life?

Enjoy life NOW .. it has an expiration date

To read the full story  check out Gene Weingarten’s article in the Washington Post.

Here is his performance.

Inside Creativity

This weekend I went to Sydney amidst the pouring rain and howling winds. Suicide on the F3 – the maniacs all speeding up to 140ks.  I mean really – you do have to wonder what gets into people on the roads when it rains.  Maybe they are just driving creatively? Hmm…..

However in among all that I did manage to experience some tranquil moments indoors. Antique lamps, Siamese cats and vibrant Warratahs…..

Old Lantern

Manu – meditating…..

Manu meditating

The Warratahs are beautiful at the moment.  Fresh from the Sydney morning markets …..

Warratahs  in Spring

Remember that picture from last week?

Mosaic detail

Can you guess what this is?

Well here it is  unveiled –

Gorgeous Mosaic Shoe Heel Detail

Gorgeous Mosaic Shoe Heel Detail

And here is what it looks like front on….

China Mosaic Shoe Front Detail

China Mosaic Shoe Front Detail

And the sole… What does that look like?

Shoe sole detail

Shoe Sole Detail

Isn’t that a truly wonderful creative piece?

SO, who made this exquisite master piece ……

A very talented lady Fiona Edmonds.

Fiona Edmonds

Fiona Edmonds

She shared a little about how she made this delectable shoe –

I used a real shoe from an op shop -about a size 9 I think. I prepared the surface so that I could mosaic onto it. I  used delicate morsels of damaged fine vintage china, a vintage brooch, ruby mirror glass  and also the makers mark – notice where it says “pink vogue” & “queen” – with the crown? All up it took me a year to complete!

Wow now that’s perseverance and dedication for you!

Fiona’s main business is equally gorgeous – putting on Vintage High Teas for people.

Here is a little snip from her about us web page:

“Fiona first developed a passion for vintage china soon after her grandmother entrusted her with a small collection of fine china trio’s. Her Grandma had received many beautiful fine English cup, saucer & cake trios as thankyou gifts whenever she played piano for the silent films at her local cinema in Sydney……….”

If you live on the Central Coast of Australia or even in Sydney – what a wonderful afternoon with girlfriends.

Vintage afternoon  tea

Afternoon Tea Anyone?

If you are interested in contacting  Fiona here are her details:

Tel: 0414625250
Email: fiona@vintageteapartiesandevents.com

French Country Market

Well I’ve been longing to go back to France and today a little bit of France came to me!  There is an annual French Market Day held near Avoca Beach on the central coast. It was simply delightful. There was everything from tall ladies blowing bubbles…

Girl on Stilts at French Country Market

Magic Bubbles

To things in tubs….

Spring Vegetables in Metal Tub

Spring Vegetables

Afternoon tea….

Antique Cake Plaques

Cake Anyone?

Fabulous Soaps …..

French Soap

French Soap

AND …. Things in Jars

Things in Jars

Gorgeous Jars

But wait …… that was not all – One stall had one of the most exquisite pieces of creativity  I have  seen in a long time.

Mosaic Detail

Can you guess what this is?

Look for the answer in my next post……

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