Managers Blog: The Inspiration Game
It often makes me wonder when people talk of being inspired where that inspiration comes from. I become really cross with people who claim to feel uninspired or cannot create because of a lack of inspiration. Probably unfair but then I guess I never have that feeling. I can really say that inspiration is a constant companion. There are several reasons for this I guess.
One of the biggest inspirations to me is that I have the opportunity to inspire in my own feeble way. The people I work with are often at the very lowest of points in their lives for many reasons. I don’t just mean there is a lot of bad stuff happening or that there are family arguments. I am talking about a truly frightening depth of depression and mental illness. A place I think, unless you have had the misfortune to be there, is a very difficult thing to appreciate. Having been there, survived (just!) and clawing my way back up again I have the opportunity to show people some hope, that you can recover and you can rebuild. Equally, I find those people I work with at S2C truly inspiring. The battles people face against illness, the pain they are in, both mental and physical, yet they can still be the most astonishingly creative individuals. There is a lot of bravery at S2C but nobody will admit it!
I also take inspiration from my illness. Particularly my mental health and my type 1 diabetes. Having had type 1 from childhood the consequences of poor care are stacking up. I use this and some of the debris(insulin vials, assorted plastic etc) to tell the story about living with it and raising awareness. The same for mental health. Some of my artwork is disturbing but if that is upsetting, well good, people need to know what its like and art is a great way to explain.
Finally, everything! Everything should be an inspiration. I really think that I could create from any starting point. I prefer painting but making, sculpting, photographing and so on. Why should there be limits, why stop yourself. Never say you are uninspired. The world is inspirational, the people in it are inspirational and you are inspirational.
Some of the happenings at S2C this week:
Good fun again with Donna Campbell taking the session. We finished off the rats and moved on to cockroaches for part of a display in Angel Yard for Yarn In The Yards. These were made with recycled plastic trays and bubble wrap.
A shortened group with the AGM but all were getting on with projects. Making wool house bunting for Yarn in the Yards, painting blocks, knitting, rat building and apron sewing.
good meeting. Thank you to all who were there. Lots of positive news, support and opportunities for the year ahead after looking back on a very successful year last year. S2C is the people that use it and they are all talented, brave and inspirational people.
We had a nice session which was based on adapting and creating designs for playing cards, we had a set of templates and a pack of cards and set about painting and collaging different designs on our cards, some designs became quite surreal, with different themes and images. A stamping set would have been useful for adding lettering and numbers.
We shall possibly extent the session to create sets of different designs.
The group were looking at writing with a view to using metaphor, that is implying one thing through another. We did the usual warm up then thought of metaphors to describe things Maggie, the session leader, suggested. We took this to create a conversation between the metaphorical objects!
The group was led by Carol Gaston who showed everyone how she went about creating one of her cog based pictures. This involved using a compass to draw sets of circles inside each other. Then adding the cogs and other joining pieces before painting.