Last night I went to the launch of 'The Creative Stance' book. A book which celebrates the principles essential to creative success and the importance of a creative education by the UAL:
The event was run by the Creative Industries Federation, a collaborative body which develop policies to protect and elevate our creative industry.
As part of the evening we were lucky to hear Grayson Perry being interviewed in a #uniqueconvo on his thoughts on creativity and the creative process. Grayson Perry often lectures at UAL/ Central St. Martins and he shared advice he gives to his students which was surprising and enlightening. He shared some of his advice:
"Turn up on time and be nice"
He actually used stronger words than this ("don't be an ar*eh*le) but in summary success is down to a lot of hard work and for longevity you have to get along with people.
"A Half hearted idea may end up being the best one"
Don't dismiss some of the early stage ideas, to keep finding the 'golden' solution, as you can often work up some of the early ideas to also be a good solution to the brief.
"Just get on with it"
Basically stop procrastinating! Just get down to work and stop over thinking it.
"Don't be worried about getting it wrong"
We all learn from mistakes and some can be beautiful.
"Silly is good"
Stop over intellectualising your work.
(This is a topic I will go more in depth in to another time as I have lots of thoughts on this!)
"Don't worry about being original, I just copy sh*t"
I'm not sure I agree on this one, endeavouring to create a point of difference is actually really important. But I guess ofcourse we take inspiration from elsewhere but then how can it be developed further to create something new and unique.
I will review the book in due course, once I have had a chance to read through it :-)