Your style, my style, their style. Who cares who’s doing what as long as everyone is doing something!
This is something that I have been thinking about for some time, just in the back of my head. Then 64 Million Artists asked me to think about “our individuality as people and our commonality as artists”.
Great! I thought, I’ve already been doing that, in my brain! Easy peasy!
Except, of course, it’s not. It’s easy to accept that every person on the planet is an individual, and that this is a commonality. It’s also easy to accept that not everybody is creative or talented in the same way, but that everyone is creative.
I think the word “creative” has always been limited to artistic creativity. People see art, drama, and dance as creative, but not the sciences. This makes me sad. Science is art; you only need to look through a microscope to see that. Everything productive is creative, as long as you love it.
This brings me to fingerprints. They are unique to every person, and this is another commonality. So, our fingerprints are like our talents, completely individual.
For example, I am a writer. I write things. Sometimes I write things well, and sometimes I don’t. However, it’s my style of writing that’s intrinsic to me. That’s what makes me unique. I mean, this is the basis of an entire branch of forensic science. People literally study the minute differences in syntax and grammar between individuals to solve crimes and prove that documents are real. It’s the coolest thing, and it’s also incredibly creative. Plus, it shows even more ‘creative fingerprints’ – it’s amazing what you can find when you look!
Forensics linguistics has always fascinated me, and remains something I would love to pursue when I grow up. Maybe except being Helena Bonham Carter, because everyone who knows me knows that I want to be Helena Bonham Carter when I grow up. But, I digress.
Cultivating Creative Identities
I suppose what I’m trying to say in my muddled, laissez-faire sort of way, is that everyone has the capability to cultivate their creative identities in the form that they love best. So I’m a writer and you’re a writer. So what?! We’re not in competition with each other. Your style and my style are different. Your subject matter and my subject matter are unrelated.
So, my advice for the day is; work on cultivating your creative identity. Flex your fingerprints, and produce something, anything you like. Even if you don’t think it’s creative by conventional standards, who cares? Just get out there and make your corner of the world that little bit more creative!
I mean, obviously don’t go pinching anyone’s work or anything, that’s the complete opposite of unique, and really very bad indeed.