Friday, March 13, 2009
In this TED talk, Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of the amazing book Eat Pray Love, discusses creativity and what it feels like to face the possibility of having one's greatest creative achievement behind you, and how you move forward.
I found this particularly interesting as I often fear I'll never have another jewelry collection with the amount of appeal and interest I've had with my plastic body series. I wonder sometimes if it keeps me frozen in place, making the same type of work over and again. It's a hard thing to honestly consider - not to mention admit out loud to the public at large - but it's where my head has been for a while now. This blog started out as a place to explore my creative joys AND fears, so I've decided to put aside my hesitations about sharing these thoughts and talk about it.
Do I want to make jewelry out of Barbie dolls for the rest of my career?
I've been giving serious consideration to the idea of putting the collection to rest after this year. It feels like a good year to go out on being that it's Barbie's 50th and my 30th. I have lots of ideas for other works that always get pushed aside because there's never enough time to explore. Perhaps it's a matter of continuing the plastic body series only in some smaller capacity; maybe just the production work, freeing up time for a whole new, very different collection of one-of-a-kinds.
Anyway… if you have a few minutes, I really recommend checking out this wonderfully insightful video, which I discovered via Lauren Braun's blog: Paper Tiger. Enjoy and please feel free to share your thoughts!
Posted by Margaux Lange at 7:01 AM