I'm working on filling out a questionnaire for Rice Freeman-Zachary about creativity. She's collecting these questionnaires from several artists to compile into a possible book. There's a written questionnaire with lots of questions about creativity and the creative lifestyle, and then there's also a smaller questionnaire that we're supposed to "decorate" to reflect our style. I've finished the written one, and still have a bit to do on the artsy one.
Anyway, in filling out the questions, I had to think a lot about creativity. One of the questions was "How do you define creativity?" Here is how I answered:
"To me, a creative person is one who constantly has new, artistic ideas. They are never at a loss for ideas of things to make, ways to alter things, what to do. I personally don't feel like I'm an exceptionally "creative" person. I'm not the sort of person who always has a fun crafty idea in mind. In fact, quite often, I'm at a loss for ideas. Maybe it's just a question of semantics, but I instead think of myself as an exceptionally "artistic" person. Everything I do, I do artistically. If I'm decorating, I decorate beautifully and artistically. If I'm doing a piece of art, it is executed artistically. But I'm not the one to think of new ways to do transfers, or find a new use for duct tape, or create a new technique that nobody's seen before. Those things are more creative to me- I wish that I possessed a bit more of that!"
I don't know- maybe I'm just stuck on the word "creativity", but I really see a difference in being creative and being artistic. I think someone can definitely be both, but I also think that someone can be one and not the other. I personally find myself lacking an excess of creativity, but I do feel I'm very artistic.
So, that's just a little food for thought today. It was an interesting question for me, and thought others might like to give it some thought as well. The photos interspersed throughout the post are little snippets of the artsy questionnaire I did- I don't think I'll show the whole thing because of the possibility of it being in a book...