When creatives gather...
Guest post by Zoe Mitchell
Here's a little something about me for free: I delight in the company of flowers.
What I mean is that the creatives clogs of my spirit start turning when I spend time with the beauty and intrinsic detail of plants, trees and most things to be found in a country park. What differentiates this from the worship of 'nature', is that I recognise it all points to the creativity of the creator. My creator.
As human beings, we are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) and part of that includes His capacity to create! This can be expressed in lots of different ways, not just painting and poetry (I'm sure there are creative ways to administrate!). At King's we wanted to gather together those who express their creativity in more conventional forms. Thus, 'The Collective' was born.
We have met together twice as a group now, and though it is still in its early days, there are already collaborative projects that have been produced and others in the pipeline. What I really appreciate about the group is that the attitude we are trying to cultivate is one of interdependence. Practically, this means for our more ambitious projects, one person alone could not fulfil every role, but also in terms of reviewing work, having 10 sets of eyes check the clarity of what you're trying to communicate is invaluable.
In our last meeting, Tim shared some of his graphic design portfolio and his process behind it. Johnny and Holly performed a spoken word poem that they had written together and a few other pieces they had created individually. It was great to have a time to ask questions about how they come up with ideas and the work needed to develop a poem.
Understanding that our work might never be 'perfect' in the process of creating is humbling for those who are experienced in what they want to communicate. But it is also liberating for those still exploring their craft and those under the illusion that if their work isn't 'just right' or impactful the first time around, then there is no point developing it. I think it was Salvador Dali (fun moustache, had a pet anteater) who said of creativity, "Have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it."
I am exploring my skills in video production, having been involved in a few projects with King's in past year that I've been with the church. I love clever storytelling and am excited about communicating that through videos both for the church and in other projects. Poetry is also something I am wrestling with. Having written many a syrupy poem in the past (teenage years come back to haunt us all), I would love to use my words to convey meaning for issues and experiences which are hard to articulate in every-day speech!
I am excited to see how this group is going to develop in our work and how we glorify God in what we do and how we do it.