It’s too hot to quilt today! I do want to share a couple of paragraphs on creativity from a book I’m reading. The book is “One Hundred Names For Love” by Diane Ackerman and I can highly recommend it. It is a nonfiction account by her of the stroke her husband had and what they both went through during his recovery. The story is beautifully and eloquently told. What makes it especially fascinating is that both she and her husband are writers and both have spent their entire lives separately and together immersed in words so it is particularly devastating when her husband loses much of his ability to speak and to understand speech. There is interesting information on the brain and language in general intersperced throughout the story, too. Her husband has written several novels and it turns out that he still, even after the stroke, can compose creatively, though it is a struggle. I love what she says here about creativity:
“What we airily label ‘creativity’ typically blends so many features: risk-taking, perseverance, problem-solving, openness to experience, the need to share one’s inner universe, empathy, detailed mastery of a craft, resourcefullness, disciplined spontaneity, a mind of large general knowledge and strength that can momentarily be drawn to a particular, ample joy when surprised, intense focus, the useful application of obsession, the innocent wonder of a child available to a learned adult, passion, a tenuous (or at least flexible) grasp on reality, mysticism (though not necessarily theology), a reaction against the status quo (and preference for unique creations), and usually the support of at least one person – among many ingredients.”
“In the throes of creativity, a lively brain tussles with a mass of memories and rich stores of knowledge, attackiing them both sub rosa and with the mind wide open. Some it incubates offstage until a fully fledged insight wings into view. The rest it consciously rigs, rotates, kneads, and otherwise plays with until a novel solution emerges. Only by fumbling with countless bits of knowledge, and then ingoring most of it, does a creative mind craft something original. For that, far more than the language areas of the brain are involved. Hand-me-down ideas won’t do. So conventions must be flouted, risks taken, possibilities freely spigoted, ideas elaborated, problems redefined, daydreaming encouraged, curiosity followed down zig-zagging alleyways. Any sort of unconsidered trifle may be fair game. It’s child’s play. Literally. Not a gift given to an elect few, but a widespread, natural, human way of knowing the world.”
I just love that description! Much to think about.
Since I love to see pictures on blogs, I’m including here pictures of a little 14 inch square quilt I made a few years ago. i made several of these in different fabrics as gifts for friends:
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