Taking Imagination Seriously

Taking Imagination Seriously is a topic, brought to life in a very real way in this weeks post. Today I want to share with you a wonderful video by Janet Echelman, who creates incredible sculptures, massive in scale, and her story of how she came to this art form.

There’s a wonderful story which arose from an incident that could have been a catastrophe for her and yet she turned into it something ultimately amazing. Watch the video to see how this unfolded for her.


It was only through the use of the imagination that she managed to turn a problematic event into a whole new direction for her art. As she says in the video, what enabled this to happen was her being able to see something that she had seen many times before, from a completely new perspective. Being able to look at fishing nets in a whole new way she began an exploration into what I would essentially call, wind sculptures.

One of the things she shared on the video that I found amazing to visualize, was that image of a whole building full of office people coming out of their workspace and lying on the ground in their suits underneath this massive sculpture to experience something so far outside their normal daily lives. What a wonderful thing to be able to have such a massive impact on others with your vision and creative structures.


Here are some more images of her work..

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These two images are different views of the same work titled – Dreamcatcher.

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And at night it looks like this….

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I think one would have to say that Janet is certainly one who is taking imagination seriously, to a whole new level in fact. I’m staggered by the scale of these monumental works and their ephemeral beauty.


Conversations on Creativity – vulnerability

Conversations on Creativity is part of an ongoing discussion, containing snippets of interest from conversations with my friend, creative writer and film maker Prue.

This week we were discussing a Ted talk on connection and how that is impacted by our fear that we aren’t worthy of it. This lack of self-esteem,  in turn leads to links between the cause of the shame and fear and our inability to allow ourselves to be vulnerable.

As artists and creative people. these are issues that repeatedly surface for us. SO I recommend you put aside the 20 minutes to listen to Brene and hear what she has to say.  In fact this information relates to every area of our lives, not just our creative selves.

I am unable to embed the video as it’s too big for my blog, however you can view it here – The Power of Vulnerability

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As artists, to be truly authentic in our work, means to also be vulnerable, to paint our truth, our story. Why? Simply because no one else can do it. We have to find the courage to keep showing up, to keep putting pen to paper or brush to canvas. That’s the first part. The second part is then having courage to own our vulnerability by sharing what we have created. Let yourself be seen.

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This week’s question: How are you showing up? What vulnerability are you hiding?

Look For Thursday’s Post: Developing a series of works.

Next Monday’s Post: Hmmm – not quite up to that yet – check Thursdays post for an update…..

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

Image Credits: Susannah Conway

Photo by zigwamp

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