It is traditional when entering a Japanese home to take off your shoes and place them together, neatly, inside the hallway. These shoes should also be pointing out of the building, prepared and ready for your outward journey.
Creative types come in all shapes and sizes – like people really,
There is a romantic notion of creative genius being messy and chaotic but creating beauty out of it.
For some of us that might be true – messy and chaotic at the very least.
Others may be ordered and organised.
I have no judgement on either type, but I will confess that I can easily slip into one but prefer being the other – you can decide which.
One of the traditional ways of craftspeople and artists in Japan I admire the most is their focus on their tools and the process of creating.
For them, their tools are an extention of their movements and the process is part of the creativity.
Preparation and tool placement is very much like the chef’s mise en place.
Every thought and movement you make in the process of your creativity, helps to form the final piece.
Wasted movements take away from the creativity.
Searching for a brush you know is somewhere in a drawer, running out of a tube of paint in the process of application, trying to find the piece of paper you wrote that chord progression on in the footwell of your car, all interrupt and divert.
Organisation my not be a ‘creative’ word, but preparation and making the process as smooth as possible will have a fantastic impact upon your creativity.
Like lining up your shoes for the next journey, line up your tools for the process of creating.