November 19th, 2014
It’s time for another creative assignment! Are you ready? No? That’s okay neither am I, but that is the point of these creative assignments.
It might seem counterintuitive, but the easiest way access your boundless creativity is to limit yourself. When I was in middle school, I was part of the academic triathlon team (nerd alert!). My favorite event was called Party in a Box (this is a sample and wow! it’s kind of amazing) . We were given a problem to solve and a box of random prop/craft things. We had to write and star in a play that solved the problem–and do it all in 30 minutes. We had a time limit, a limited theme, and a limited amount of supplies. The creative rush was absolutely exhilarating! and the plays were not half bad either.
Now I can’t get you all in a room, hand you a box of random things, and ask you to make something with them–as much as I would like to! But I can try to limit you as best I can with this month’s creative assignment: within arm’s reach.
You are sitting somewhere now: on the couch, in the car, at your desk. What is within your arm’s reach? A random assortment of toys, old receipts, empty coffee cups, a notebook, cds, a pack of gum? (you now know what’s in my car) Make a list. These are your supplies.
What are you going to make with them? A pattern. A repeating pattern. Pick one or two things and create a repeating pattern with them. You can get out your kid’s crayons and draw the pattern out by hand. You can use Illustrator, or the Gimp, or a Paint program to make the pattern. You can draw on your ipad, print it out 30 times, cut it out, and make a pattern using collage.
The ways to tackle this assignment might be limitless, but you have to work with in the limits. One more limit: it’s due next Wednesday. Just before beautiful holiday season explodes into busy manic stressiness you get to go on a creative joy ride. To hand in you assignment, post your pattern to Instagram with the tag:
Or if you’re not on Instgram, then put a picture to Facebook (or the elsie marley facebook page) and tag it. Extra credit if you upload it to spoonflower :)
First things, first: make a list of the objects in your arm’s reach. Leave your list in the comments so we can all see!! I found taking a picture of everything with my phone was super helpful. Then you can use different camera apps to play with the object (kaleidoscope camera apps are particularly fun).
Make a pattern! Then throw it up on the internet with the hashtag so we can all see it. By Wednesday! If you need help, Spoonflower is a great place to look (and it’s where I found most of these examples). Pinterest is also good–I have a fabric board that has a lot of great repeating patterns.