Two inspiring videos

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Apologies for the lack of posting – as you may have guessed from my last big post, I’ve not been too well. I also got stuck in a cycle of perfectionism, the sort where I think, “ah, I absolutely must blog about such and such a thing next but oh dear, I can’t until I take some photos or do some more research or until the planets are in the correct alignment!”

Sometimes I just get caught up in these mental loops and stay there until I realise that I’m stuck and do something to free myself – in this case, writing a very different blog post to the one I had planned. So here, to loosen me up and hopefully to inspire you, are two very different but connected videos about the nature of inspiration.

First of all, here’s Susan Boyle performing on the reality TV show, Britain’s Got Talent. Unfortunately, embedding is disabled, so you’ll need to pop over to YouTube to watch it.

Secondly, here’s a longer address by writer, Elizabeth Gilbert on the subject of genius, inspiration and creativity. It’s twenty minutes but it’s well worth your time.

I found this touching in a very different way – much of what she spoke about was deeply familiar to me as a creative person and I just loved the two anecdotes she relates. I’ve never been sure where I stand on the whole muse concept but I’m sure that we’re all familiar with the ‘where the hell did THAT come from’ sensation when we’re making our work.

I found this video on Denise Carkeek’s excellent Melancholie Dreams blog. It’s well worth a visit and do make sure you check out her wistful and haunting ceramics.

I am an artist & purveyor of obsessive projects based in Hebden Bridge, England. My work involves the accretion of large numbers of small objects - pins in fabric, knots in string or hundreds of envelopes - to make sculptures that deal with fragility, loss, repetition, obsession and time.

8 thoughts on “Two inspiring videos

  1. Elizabeth Gilbert’s great, thanks for that. I started off a bit suspicious – I’m always suspicious of any hint of trying to “get rid of suffering”. And I was thinking, the way she explained things in reference to her “freakish success” and fear of not ever hitting that high again, that this was more to do with a general obsession with success and fame than anything specific to creativity.

    But, it was quickly clear that she’s talking about managing the suffering better rather than naively trying to get rid of it. I had James Hillman quotes bubbling up to fight the “get rid of suffering” angle – but then she started talking about the Greek daimon and it was clear her stance is Hillman through and through. Back to spirits and gods, not in a fundamentalist way, but just as the best way we have of externalizing stuff and breaking open the inflated ego.

    Anyhoo, great stuff!

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  2. Elizabeth Gilbert’s great, thanks for that. I started off a bit suspicious – I’m always suspicious of any hint of trying to “get rid of suffering”. And I was thinking, the way she explained things in reference to her “freakish success” and fear of not ever hitting that high again, that this was more to do with a general obsession with success and fame than anything specific to creativity.

    But, it was quickly clear that she’s talking about managing the suffering better rather than naively trying to get rid of it. I had James Hillman quotes bubbling up to fight the “get rid of suffering” angle – but then she started talking about the Greek daimon and it was clear her stance is Hillman through and through. Back to spirits and gods, not in a fundamentalist way, but just as the best way we have of externalizing stuff and breaking open the inflated ego.

    Anyhoo, great stuff!

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  3. I’ve been saving this for a rainy day (not literally, though it’s turned out that way) and oh my god. Just watched the Susan Boyle vid and it has reduced me to girly weeping! How wonderful. :D I’m so glad I keep a handkerchief in the studio. If anyone was avoiding it because they don’t like the show (like me) please please go watch. It’s lovely.

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  4. I’ve been saving this for a rainy day (not literally, though it’s turned out that way) and oh my god. Just watched the Susan Boyle vid and it has reduced me to girly weeping! How wonderful. :D I’m so glad I keep a handkerchief in the studio. If anyone was avoiding it because they don’t like the show (like me) please please go watch. It’s lovely.

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  5. I ran out of opportunity at the time, but wanted to say how much I enjoyed the Susan Boyle video. It certainly brought tears, and inspiration. And thank you too for your generous words.

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  6. I ran out of opportunity at the time, but wanted to say how much I enjoyed the Susan Boyle video. It certainly brought tears, and inspiration. And thank you too for your generous words.

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