Guest Author - Jennifer Spedowfski-Martin
Creativity can happen anywhere but if you want it to show up in a more reliable fashion, having a specific space designed for your creative outlet is a way to invite more creativity in. Writers have their desks, fashion designers their studios and teachers their classrooms. What would work best for you? Read on for how to create a truly creative space.
Consider your needs…
The first step to finding your creative space is determining what your goals are for it. A space that is both conducive to inspiring ideas as well as to fulfilling them is most wanted. For a painter, you might want a place to dream and paint pictures of what you see out window. If you’re a writer, your goal for the space might be for it to provide calmness while also helping you to be organized. What is your goal for this space? Make a list of what you hope to accomplish in your own creative space.
The second step is deciding what type of environment you need in ordered to be inspired. It helps to imagine being in the creative zone. What is the activity level around you like? Are you more likely to have a creative streak in solitude or do you thrive on the hustle and bustle of the busy family atmosphere? The best space isn’t always at home. Maybe being out and about, whether in nature or at the local coffeehouse, is what you need.
Also consider how you might want to organize the flow of the space. How you gather your supplies and keep them organized is truly up to you. Some find inspiration by seeing all of their stuff out, mixed up and not in a strict order. They are able to make some interesting combinations based on what they see together. Whereas others can’t think straight unless everything is in a place of its own. A too-uptight method might hinder creativity and a too-loose organization system may also.
And consider your restraints…
The third step is considering what size area you have to work with. It does not need to be a whole room or even a big space within a room. A lot of times people get hung up on the idea that the space must be large in size in order to fulfill its purpose. Don’t let a lack of space hold you back. Or maybe your ideal creative space is in nature but you live in the city. Obviously, a permanent move would not be practical. Can you bring some nature indoors instead?
The last step is putting it all together. An ideal creative space is one that meets your needs while taking into consideration your constraints. Moving into a space that embraces and respects your creative process ensures greater creative inspiration and a place to act on it.