The desire to create is one of the most powerful forces on earth. It is what keeps life forms alive and replicating and it is the essence of keeping cultures and civilizations inspired and evolving. Creativity has been divided and put into categories where we often find ourselves part of it or not at all. Every one of us has the desire to create. It can look mathematical, scientific, spiritual, intellectual, artful, and mental. When anything is empty and brought to life, you have created as the force that makes that happen. If you are looking for your channel to express your creativity, here we’ll discuss many ways you can start to find your way.
The energy it takes to create anything and everything is how our entire planet is born and cycles through life. Even cycling through death is apart of the creation process. Creating something cannot happen if things do not die and vice versa. The most general example of partaking in creative energy is bearing children. This is one of the most basic ways all species continue and are inspired to be creative in other ways. Once humans gain safety, security, the progress of creation moves past survival skills to exploration of our emotional, mental, and physical worlds.
There are many indigenous arts that can be explored to start to spark your creative channel. Beadwork, weaving textiles, woodworking, song, dance, and storytelling are a few channels that can easily be explored to start your creative process.
Song, Dance, and Storytelling
These are perhaps the easiest for beginners to start because they don’t require any equipment or even any instructional guidance. Song, dance, and storytelling are humans’ primal ways of expressing emotion. These art forms originated in ceremony and ritual around fires and in modern times are often paired with celebrating of different sorts. Food, drink and enjoying refreshment goes hand in hand with celebrating, singing, and dancing.
Gathering a group of people who are interested in singing together is a great way to start exploring these creative inklings. Gathering with others often incites us being creative together. Make your singing group a batch of zesty bubbly waters with orange spritz syrup and have a singing circle. Gathering in groups always inspires food and drink, which is another avenue to explore your creativity too.
Beadwork is a beautiful way that natural materials such as seeds and shells have been designed and combines to create adornment and jewelry. There are many pieces that can be made with essentially two supplies. Obtaining beads and a needle and thread is all you need to start many of these practices. Making earrings and jewelry is very similar to sewing a stitch in cloth. If you are wanting to make beaded artwork, it is almost identical to sewing stitches. You can get very creative with colors and patterns and have the freedom to create as much as you can come up with.
This craft can seem quite intimidating at first, but there are many easy ways to get started. Backstrap weaving is a simple way to start weaving without the use of a wooden loom. Your body is used as the counterweight holding your strings taut so that you can begin to weave other material through. Again, there are traditional materials and techniques, but you can start weaving textiles together with almost anything.
The potholders that children make are a type of weaving. Learning to macrame is a type of weaving using ropes. This type of weaving is the most simple and easy to start, being the only supply you need is rounds of cording or rope. The rest is learning to make knots with your hands. This is wonderfully creative because you can create wall hangings, tapestries, blankets or even accessories and things to wear. This can also be used to make jewelry or table coverings.
Woodworking is a very primal creative art that can go from being very simple to very complex. Whittling wood is a past time that has existed since humans began to use tools. Wood is soft enough to be chiseled and carved into shapes with many different sharper objects. With this creative task, it is hand and eye coordination to carve a stick or piece of wood into another shape or form. Woodworking can be done for functional items, such as bowls and spoons, or can become about replicating animals and creating little pieces of art to be admired. The tools can be simplistic at first with just a knife and a piece of wood, but then can get more precise with awls, sandpaper, lathes, and powered tools.