Depth in Process
By Barnaby Wills
The creative process is part of nature because the human being is part of nature. The human being always has a means and the means should not be disconnected from nature. The means cannot suddenly step outside of the realm of creation but it can go to extremes. Young people who are able to study Fine Arts will be able to appreciate all the apparent small things in life. There are movements towards ideas around learning and earning but the most important thing is that these things are being assessed at the institutional and administrative level. However, what could now beckon for the creative producers and how can we understand the creative process better?
So now we must look at one of the most interesting creative contributions to the 19th Century which are the works of William Morris. William Morris is now more known for his design and his impact on the Arts and Crafts but he has also made a serious contribution to British Society as a whole. William Morris was born in Essex, Great Britain in 1834 and he studied the Fine Arts through traditional methods. He became successful as a Master Craftsperson, and political free-thinker and from this he became an active publisher. He made great initiations with design and from these artistic and social negotiations he was able to review historical shifts and respond to rapid social and political change. Morris made initiations in design and tested certain boundaries between high art and art for the ordinary working people. Morris was aware of the capabilities of mans natural willingness to obey the laws of creation and by being obedient we as a people can communicate, we can foster, and we can call people to the highest goals. We can call people through the arts as well as by having certain authority or occupying new initiatives that help people respond to hardships. Today we’re told that success is the goal, and it can promise everything and everything spins around an axis of gloss. This not only stems from the effects of advertising but this becomes saturated into the philosophy of everyday life. We must respond in a balanced way using new approaches to the creative industries.
‘Decorative arts have flourished among oppressed peoples, who have seemed to have no hope of freedom’. (William Morris, News from Nowhere and other writings. Penguin Books. 2004)
We see here a social energy through the arts that has the capability of reaching out to many people. The decorative arts were practiced by the oppressed people and in many other interesting ways were taken up by certain sections of society. Now we look at the creative process. Floral patterns, geometric design, typography, creation and the universe all as a starting point to achieve something not only with the work and the labour but with oneself. One of the natural processes within art is to replicate the environment and the world of nature. You can start by using something simple to capture, which then develops into something more advanced and built upon. The creative process takes our imagination on tour, it makes use of the things around us. You can start understanding your own capabilities, and you can start learning patience through your art making. Make sure your practice is being informed by many different resources, books, magazines, newspapers, the internet and most importantly informed but not heated discussion.