What a great start to the summer! Over the past few months, we’ve been so busy running our courses here at Moji Designs studios in Brighton and welcoming students back through the doors. These beautiful lampshades are their results after just one course, and we’re so proud of the professional finish they’ve achieved.
Artists have always tried to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life in order to create. To truly liberate the imagination is to have space and freedom to reflect, create, and innovate, allowing your creativity to flourish.
Never was this put more to the test than during the pandemic! Artists like me, who usually maintain studios outside of our homes, were forced to improvise. We turned to desks at home, the kitchen table or – for the lucky ones – a garden shed. But what started out as something immensely frustrating quickly became a valuable lesson. Through this process, our idea of creativity evolved. Instead of relying on a special room to be the perfect place in which to produce things, we shifted to an understanding that any space can become ‘the studio,’ even if only for a short time between other uses. It was a privilege to discover all over again that all creativity needs is a tiny pocket of space in which to bloom……..
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
What is creativity? And how does it feel?
It’s hard to put into words what creativity is like. Artists have described the creative process as like being on an island in the storm, or like hearing music in the silence. For me, it’s a place of sanctuary and peace where the real world doesn’t touch me. It doesn’t even have to be a certain type of creativity – we might think of painting, poetry, music or writing – but the world has as many creative pursuits as there are stars in the sky……..