Month: October 2014

Impromptu: Little Lumps of Clay

I want you to imagine that Three Creatives/Creative People is a pottery shop. We are by no means anything like one, but for the purpose of this semi-rambling analogy it would help me no end if you could imagine us all in aprons, surrounded by ceramic, teaching pottery workshops, and not a group of people who run networking events.

Bare with me.

So Creative People Pottery Workshops and Ceramics has just opened. And we have approximately 5-10 customers on a slow day, and up to 25 on a busy one. The problem comes in that Creative People Pots is only offered a very small amount of clay to run the entire operation. This little lump of clay allows us to teach our 5-25 customers how to make very tiny urns, but this is not what we are all about. We want to make enormous pots and plates and a plethora of other things found in glass cabinets, but we just don’t have enough clay.

If you are savvy, you will have comprehended that in this bizarre metaphor, that clay represents time and money. Currently, Three Creatives – the informal arrangement of a group of highly inspired dreamers and producers – is comprised of three people, all with full time/part time jobs, scattered around the Lincolnshire Area, trying to inspire a culture of collaboration for all. Building an atmosphere that breaks down the walls between high art/low art – that connects realms of thought previously unconnected, and generally has a rollicking good time being artistic and creative – with little time/money is quite a feat. This is not us patting ourselves on the back, and arrogantly pedestalling ourselves as brilliant people for being able to accomplish things without stuff, but – for now – much the opposite. We want to say sorry.

All three of us became ill all around the same time, and then various family concerns struck us. Whilst dealing with new jobs (a good thing!) and other menageries of problems that Pottery Shops – I mean networking events – face, it has become impossible to get everything ready for Oct 15th. Instead, we are moving the event, to early November, so we can deliver the best we can. Bigger, better, more time.

So, the doors of our little Pottery Shed are closing, and we are unable to help you make your little urns, but rest assured we are not ceasing at all. If anything, we have new found vigour after life splattered various nastiness’ upon us. And maybe, hopefully, next time, we will have even more clay so we can really stick to our manifesto and beliefs:

  1. Collaboration between all forms of art, culture and creativity, with no prejudice to any form of knowledge
  2. Bridging the gap between High Art and Low Art, and showing people that there is no difference
  3. Helping creatives establish themselves in a fluctuating scene
  4. Building friendships and collaborations across all fields of study, experimentation and work.

We hope you understand, and apologise dearly for any inconvenience we may have caused, but we are still working tirelessly to build ourselves and thus you guys. We just had a little hiccup with how much clay we have.

The Gallery: We Can Do So Much Together

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Let it be known that anything can be done on very little. One of my old lecturers, Darren Scales, recently reached a point in the production of his movie The Drift that is truly astounding. What I remember more than anything from his seminars – and being able to work alongside him – is that budget and scope are not huge concerns for an organisation or individual. He made The Drift on a very much indie-film level of budget, and created most of the wondrous project out of voluntary enthusiasm and cashing in favours that put Hollywood to shame (I assume this is why he released the details whilst in America!) It is this enthusiasm that we here at Creative People want to develop and help blossom. Yes, it is indisputable that financing, red tape and creative politics will always abide in the world of the imagination, but these things should not prevent us from accomplishing everything we can. It didn’t stop Darren Scales, and it will never stop us!

Our first Gallery Event held at The Craft Bar and Kitchen (always thankful!) truly encapsulates the feelings of collaboration and grass-roots, helping-each-other-out-ing that we adore. Hannah, Nathan (your narrator) and Samuel are building this, initially, on no budget. We don’t charge entry. We don’t sneak in hidden costs. We simply place people in a room we think that deserve public attention.

Following this, we bring together a range of artists all with so many skills to show off. Luke Clarke brought his photography, showcasing his talents at capturing the moment of our feline friends all the way to his professional wedding packages. Alongside him, Arron Baxter, with his ongoing project The Dark Chamber, heavily influenced by his photographic endeavours working within power stations. co_Lab brought the work they have been developing recently, from debating apps to their connectivity with Leeuwarden, NL. Stephen Fisher showed off his AR technological experiments that he is currently developing with a variety of clients for use in and around Lincolnshire. Sadly, we had to close shop early, and missed the opportunity to showcase Charlotte Greenley’s Lolita costumery, as she begins to understand the bizarre new world of Japanese culture and, to be blunt, epic cuteness.

And all of this for free? Essentially. Creative People is currently working tirelessly to continue pressing different creative fields into tight little informal corners, in the hopes (nay, we know it will happen) that wonderful, new things will blossom out of it. This can’t happen without you, of course (yes, you!), and we are always thankful of anyone supporting our projects and endeavours. We just hope, as we develop and grow, we can just deliver bigger and better things to you all. Imagine what we could do with some funding (obligatory winky face 😉 ).

At the end of the day, we know we have work to do, especially with our marketing. My personal plan (“my” being Nathan) is to try and utilise as many 3rd year university students, to give them an ongoing dip-in-and-out project to support their careers, portfolios and imaginations. But who knows where we will go next, but I assure you we will keep you posted. We are superbly pleased with our first Gallery Event, and the enthusiasm of all who came to show their work (and definitely those who came to have a gander), and we cannot wait to turn it into something even bigger next time.