(Please note the updated directions on the final Oh Christmas Tree post (highlighted in pink). Thanks. Okay back to our regularly scheduled programming.)
What is Purple Passion?
A purple-clad seductress? (FYI: I always hang out in feathers and beads when I’m not quilting.)
A unique flower?
A quilt made from the image of that flower? (I think it was the pipe cleaners that sent me over the edge.)
Nope, none of those, at least not this time.
It’s the theme of this quarter’s Four-in-Art Challenge. This will really be a challenge, for unlike some people, I don’t tend to use purple in my quilts.
Purple embodies the balance of red’s stimulation and blue’s calm. This dichotomy can cause unrest or uneasiness unless the undertone is clearly defined, at which point the purple takes on the characteristics of its undertone. With a sense of mystic and royal qualities, purple is a color often well liked by very creative or eccentric types and is the favorite color of adolescent girls. (from here)
I laser-beamed in on the words “well liked by. . creative. . types.” Couple that with the image of the purple chick above, and I’m totally down with this theme. It’s due in about a week, on August 1st. Guess I’d better get going (as the voice in her head starts shrieking, It’s August already???!!!??).
According to the leaders of IDEO, a design and innovation firm, one way to become more creative is to practice being creative. They often use creative exercises to push into new ways of thinking about a task, or an idea. They note that “exercising your mind can sometimes feel more daunting than exercising your muscles.” So they’ve “developed ten creativity challenges to jump-start your practice.” Note the word “challenge.” That’s one reason why joining a group with challenges can help you practice your creativity.
David Brooks, in an article titled “The Creative Climate” says that creativity is “the joining of the unlike to create harmony. Creativity rarely flows out of an act of complete originality. It is rarely a virgin birth. It is usually the clash of two value systems or traditions, which, in collision, create a transcendent third thing.”
I’m definitely working on clashing here, having culled a few photos from my photo stash for inspiration (you don’t have a photo stash? I recommend it), and working towards that transcendent third thing.
That transcendent third thing. In purple.
Reveal date: August 1, 2016