So, what was April? Another great month for my collaborative projects, that’s for sure. It’s become much easier and, therefore, a habit, to put all of my effort into my work with others than into my work for myself. In my experience, it’s typically the other way round – that people would sooner put their efforts into their personal successes than into their partnerships, when they have both as parts of their professional life. Hopefully, I can find balance rather than shifting all my attention and efforts to ‘one side’.
The second Croshare event happened in April as part of Site Festival 2016; I’ll write in greater detail about that event over on the Croshare website but, from a personal creative perspective, it was nice to experience the results of my creative efforts in person. Typically, what I do is confined to a physical or digital page, or a small object; it was nice to be immersed in the act of creativity. It made me think about the way I interact with and experience my creativity – perhaps if I focused more on the process rather than on the product of that, I will in fact be more productive. I’m looking forward to working more on Croshare, but am keen to be able to put this into a ‘section’, so it doesn’t become everything that I do or representative of who I am creatively. I want to do other things besides this wonderful project, but I don’t want to lose the momentum I’ve built with it.
One of the greatest things about the Croshare event is that it was only a part of a much longer term ambition for the project, and nothing that happened at Site Festival was the end of anything. I liked that a lot about the day’s event. Moving forward, I think that I’m going to try and apply some similar thinking and behaviours to other areas of my creative life and take a ‘little, often’ approach, and not become too engrossed in the ‘requirement’ for a process to have a product, an outcome. I guess the problem comes from wanting to end up with something at the end of all my efforts. Perhaps I should reframe what I do, and think of products and outcomes as achievement of stages in my processes. Anyway.
I’ve felt more compelled to write as of late, which is a very good sign. I hope that, soon, I’ll be able to sort out a few of the things I’ve wanted to put up on this blog for a while, and that I’ll be able to start posting on The Five to Nine ‘for real’. Every time I have a surge in creativity such as this, I keep thinking back to that Maya Angelou quote: “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” I feel a bit of a cliché for writing that out here, but it’s true. The more stuff I’ve done, the more stuff I want to do. So, I wonder what I’ll do in May.