"Creativity Comes From A Conflict Of Ideas"
The Question, What Is Creativity?
In the quote above Donatella Versace shares with us her thought that creativity comes from the conflict of ideas, and yes, she's right. For me the quote paints a wonderful image of ideas, words, thoughts and images careening around an invisible mountain road on the verge of losing control and then, smash, bash, and crashing erupts within my minds eye. What does her quote engender in your mind? What feelings shimmer throughout your being? What was it like for you to even imagine something being created from a collision of ideas, perhaps even a violent collision?
But even with all its awesome possibilities her definition does not answer the question, What Is Creativity? Her quote sends us hurtling down a rabbit hole to find the genesis of creativity, and not it's birth. Hers is a tipping point, she's offering us a view of creativity's conception, a view of creativity unfolding from nothing, yet still needing to take it's first step, still longing to express itself.
The process of growing into something new and tangible still needs to occur, and only once that happens is it easy to answer the question, What Is Creativity.
On the other side of a rapidly churning stream a magnificent grove of apple trees lays spread out as far as our eyes can see. There's no bridge to the other side, no strategically placed stepping stones skimming on top of the stream, no barge guided by a seasoned pilot, no inflated tubes bobbing in wait. Nope, there doesn't seem to be a way to cross the stream.
I can see the apples I need to if I want to create (cook) a delicious baked apple pie. What can I do? I'm stuck with only an idea of creating an apple pie. It's a good idea, but by itself it's not creativity, nope it's only an idea and no matter how much we think it's interesting, it's not creativity.
Creativity takes courage.
Ideas birthed in hail soaked brainstorms don't require courage, though they require a modicum of risk in sharing them with others, the risk of our feelings getting slightly bruised. But like the apple dropping to the ground in this moment across the imaginary bubbling stream, we're fine. The apple is fine.
The What Is Creativity Stream
For a moment picture yourself walking waist deep in the middle of our imaginary stream bubbling along happily. The water's clarity allows you to see individual stones sitting on the streams floor. Bend over and choose a bright stone, once you've got it place it on the shore for all to see.
The small action of retrieving a stone from the streams floor and then placing it upon the shore initiates the creative process, initiates movement leading to completion. Maybe action is the answer to our question. What Is Creativity? But I think I'm getting ahead of not just the answer but the journey itself.
There's an abundant grove of sweet apples waiting on the other shore of our imaginary stream. I wonder, are the apples also imaginary? You decide.
From up and down and still somehow
It's cloud's illusions I recall
I really don't know clouds at all
If only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes.
You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. Maya Angelou
Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion. Jack Kerouac
The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. Dorothy Parker
The most talented, thought-provoking, game-changing people are never normal. Richard Branson