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

Creative Works

I thought that now might be a good time to introduce you to some of my work.  For several years I was immersed in oil painting, however I then went through a bit of the proverbial creative drought so to speak.  Well I thought I did.  What happened was that the creative urge popped out in other ways.  I got involved in making beautiful fabrics, silk rayon velvets that my biz partner the talented Prue Kelsey and I, created together.  We hand dyed and printed them with pearlescent and metallic inks.

Hand dyed silk rayon, velvet, printed with metalic and pearlescent inks

Its strange how the mind works because even though we created some beautiful things  it was around this time that I became pretty sure that I wasn’t an artist and had managed to convince  myself that I didn’t have much going for me artistically.  I guess the point here was that I didn’t at that time, understand that the creative journey doesn’t have to be about one thing. If  I’d identified myself as only being an oil painter then – it was pretty easy for me to view myself as a failure and doomed to artistic insignificance.

It wasn’t until I realized that creativity isn’t one dimensional and that it’s OK to create in different arenas, that I began to understand who I was as an artist and creative being.  Not only that, I finally came to the point of understanding that what I have to offer is unique and valuable.  No one else sees the world through my eyes and that’s not just OK  it’s to be celebrated.

February – another page from my 2010 calendar.

February 2010

On this side of the world we are into the last month of summer.  Its been very hot and wet here this year – most unpleasant.  And where is here you may ask?  Here is 80ks north of Sydney, Australia.  Im looking forward to Autumn – my favourite month of the year.

This is a pretty big subject and one I will be returning to many times I suspect – as the inspiration takes me.

What to do when you can’t create?  Whether you have been regularly creating or not, at some point you will find  yourself in the Sahara of creativity.

What to do?  What causes it?

In my experience, creative droughts are often caused by life interventions – i.e.  relationship breakups, major or even minor illnesses of self or family member, building a house, moving or the death of some one close,  just to mention a few.

Creative Blocks

Creative Blocks

Creative blocks are often accompanied by feelings of boredom, apathy, restlessness, being stuck, being uninspired by anything, guilt, ineffectiveness and probably a dozen other negative emotions or thought patterns.

The answer people – lies within.  Ultimately being creative requires Courage, Perseverance and Discipline.  I’ve heard it said that there are only 2 emotions – Love and fear and I think it would be fair to say that the above list of negative vibrational states all fall into the fear category.  The problem with this is that fear tends to make us contract, implode, withdraw in on ourselves which is the direct opposite of the creative process.  Creativity is a process of expansion.  We live in an expanding universe from the molecular to the stellar level.  We are part of that expansion.  Sorry getting carried away there!

Which inspired me to find this video on YouTube. – Now this is simply AWESOME creativity at its most amazing!!! How beautiful this is.

To come back to the question of what can I do?  The first thing to do is be kind to yourself.  The more you stress about being stuck the more stuck you will be.  Its like getting stuck in one of those endless loops your computer goes into sometimes, when the only thing that works is to shut it down.  Well I guess we are kind of the same.  Like all things – what you focus on is what you are creating.  So the more you focus on being stuck – well how deep is the hole you can dig yourself into.

The problem is, this then flows on into all other areas of your life.  If your creativity is not working, you’ll probably find that not much else is working either.  Or if it is you are really  only in a lull because eventually that desire to create will keep gnawing away at you until you take notice of it.

The creative in us demands expression.

stpunk pendant

I guess Steam Punk is something that either appeals or it doesn’t.  I find it delightfully quirky myself. In case you’re not familiar with it I’ve included a couple of pieces. The first one was crafted by Angel. I love the fact that it uses the inner workings of timepieces that no longer have a use.  Not only that, but some of the old watch movements were really works of art in themselves even though they  were hidden away inside the watch casings.  They are incredibly intricate and include cogs, springs, wheels, jewels, silver and gold and often parts were even engraved.  They speak to me of days gone by when even very ordinary objects were often beautifully decorated.

Here is a wonderful butterfly from Steam Punk Jewelry.


Frosty glasses

Frosty glasses

Summer is here with a vengeance.  It was 45 C  here last week in the shade on my veranda and today’s looking like heading for the high thirties and maybe 40’s again.

Maybe I should take up water colours and paint in the shower LOL.  The question is – how does one continue to creatively produce in the face of uncooperative weather – lacking  air conditioning and other modern conveniences?  This is definitely a creative challenge for the best of us.

Well here are  some ideas

  • Head to the nearest shopping centre, and have an iced coffee while sitting in an air conditioned cafe and writing my next blog post.
  • Set up a fan next to my easel and throw on a wet shirt – you’d be surprised how cool this actually keeps you until the shirt dries out.
  • Head for the beach with sketching gear, beach tent, cossies (swimmers, togs or what ever you call them), and a thermos of iced tea. If you’re into figure work – the beach is an ideal place to find people who actually sit still, often for extended periods of time.  A perfect time to brush up on your life drawing and cool off  in the ocean in between.

Are You Creative?

Many people think that creativity is limited to visual artists, musicians, actors and other art forms. We often don’t consider that every man made thing we see in the world, from the obscure to the sublime,  began as a creative thought in someones head. Take these shoes I found the other day at Trend Hunter, aside from destroying your feet, well yes………

Weird Shoe

Weird and Wonderfully Creative Shoes

I mean come on girls – now is there really a woman out there who is that much of a slave to fashion that she would actually wear these things.  Hmmm …… probably!! LOL!

Regardless – I think you would have to say that they are undeniably creative!…………..

They lead me to wonder where the creative spark came from. A visit to the zoo perhaps or was it the ballet?

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