When I’ve been trying to force an outcome or meet a deadline.
When I’ve pressured myself to create. To meet a goal, to find success.
Sometimes we can forget how magical our creative work really is.
The power of play
Last week I took to my studio with no agenda. I took out my materials, I readied my tools, and I played.
I didn’t have any plans nor did I have a specific outcome to reach. I just had a spare afternoon and a desire to create.
I gathered a bunch of base fabrics I had lying around, some handmade pom poms I’d bought on a recent trip to Melbourne, some jar lids I’d saved in the hopes of upcycling and some denim offcuts. I had no idea what they would become. But I wanted to see what might emerge if I just let myself play.
I tinkered with what I had. I took out my scissors and started cutting up the fabric. I experimented with wrapping the jar lids. I decided to try making my own pom poms, like the ones I had bought, with my denim off cuts. I took out my jewellery findings and started to experiment with the little bits and pieces I was creating.
And all of a sudden I had two amazing necklaces and something that would best be described as a work in progress, yet to take a form.
I was amazed at how freely my work flowed when I took the pressure off and just played. I created something I love just by playing and enjoying the process, and all in just a couple of idle hours.
Of course, you won’t create something magical every time you show up and play with your creative materials.
I’ve played before, for hours, with no real result.
But that didn’t make it any less worthwhile.
There are no guarantees
When we engage in creative play a tangible outcome isn’t guaranteed, but our experience is - Click to Tweet
The experience of freely creating, letting ideas bubble and meld, and the chance to remember why we started on this wild creative journey in the first place.
If something comes, wonderful.
But if it doesn’t, it is still time well spent.
My missing link
I’ve been so busy recently that my playful studio practice has dwindled in recent months, and I’ve missed it dearly.
I’ve been so busy caught up in achieving goals that I’ve lost sight of why I started on this creative journey. To play, to experiment, to be me – creative and full and whole.
A commitment to creative play
I’m making a commitment right now, as I write this post, to show up to my studio just to play for at least 30 minutes every single day. No agenda, no goals, just creative play.
Will you keep me to it?
To make myself more accountable, and perhaps to encourage you to join in too, I’m going to check into Twitter each day while I’m in my studio and share what I’ve created (if anything) and my thoughts for the day using the hashtag #30minscreativeplayaday.
I’d love you to join me and experience the power of creative play in your life each day. Follow me on Twitter @FortheCreators to see my progress and share your 30 minutes of creative play each day with me and the For the Creators community. I’m excited! See you on Twitter.
Do you indulge in creative play? Will you join me with a commitment to show up for at least 30 minutes a day to just play? Comment below to let me know you’re in!