Creativity
(un)Common Ground: Creative Encounters Across Sectors and Disciplines
(un)Common Ground
Creative Encounters Across Sectors and Disciplines
Paperback      ISBN: 9063691661
A range of practical and inspiring insights into the complex realities and rewards of cross-sector collaboration.

100 Global Minds: The Most Daring Cross-disciplinary Thinkers in the World
100 Global Minds
The Most Daring Cross-disciplinary Thinkers in the World
Hardcover      ISBN: 190939968x

If we want to imagine how the world is going to change, we need to look at the minds that are shaping it. '100 Global Minds' introduces us to the world's most innovative and inspiring thinkers and examines the scope and range of their influence. Using an algorithm developed by the Institute for Scientific Innovation in Turin, which signals names frequently referenced outside a primary field of interest, the author has brought together people who have traversed the boundaries of disciplines to become a 'global' thinker. Focusing on a the arts and humanities, and with specially commissioned illustrations of each person, this is a reference book with a difference, that will inspire you like no other. Gianluigi Ricuperati is a writer, essayist and editor. In 2011, he released his debut novel Il mio impero nell'aria (My Empire is in the Air). He has since written and collaborated on a number of published works and is Creative Director of Domus Academy.

12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women Journal
12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women Journal
Paperback      ISBN: 1573244945
Journal Your Way to Becoming a Highly Creative and Successful Woman

The perfect companion to Gail McMeekin's popular The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women.

Creativity was identified in a survey of 1,500 CEO's to be the key leadership skill of the 21st century. This journal offers a place to track and record your progress toward becoming your own highly creative woman success story. It follows the format of the original The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women, highlighting the 12 Secrets, Keys, and Challenges of each chapter with prompts and inspirational quotes to motivate you to pursue your creative life. The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women Journal features original material organized into an advanced creativeness program to deepen your creativity and get you into action on your goals with new insights and success strategies.

Use this journal to help you to discover your creative purpose and your values. Learn to:

  • Dismantle limiting beliefs
  • Take positive and calculated risks
  • Make career changes fueled by passion and purpose
  • "Filter and Focus" to give creative ideas time and space to evolve
  • Prioritize
  • Overcome procrastination
  • Declutter and create workable workspaces
  • Find resources and support

    Journalers who have worked with top-sellers such as Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice, Start Where You Are, or This Year I Will..., will love Gail McMeekin's The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women Journal.

99 Keys to a Creative Life: Spiritual, Intuitive, and Awareness Practices for Personal Fulfillment
99 Keys to a Creative Life
Spiritual, Intuitive, and Awareness Practices for Personal Fulfillment
Paperback      ISBN: 0738742198

Creativity is not just painting or writing--it's stepping outside the way you normally think to achieve greater happiness and personal fulfillment. With mindful, heart-based practices, 99 Keys to a Creative Life helps you make the most of your creative opportunities, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Nurture and strengthen your imaginative expression, as well as your link to what inspires you, by applying the 33 keys found in each of the three sections: awareness, intuition, and connection to spirit. These keys provide practical methods for daily inspiration and action, making every day more creative and successful. Presenting innovative ways to raise your focus and express yourself, author Melissa Harris shows you how to unlock the gate to a more creative life.

99 Stories I Could Tell: A Doodlebook to Help You Create
99 Stories I Could Tell
A Doodlebook to Help You Create
Paperback      ISBN: 0062748351

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Strange Planet and NYC Basic Tips and Ettiquette and Strange Planet comes 99 Stories I Could Tell, a guided journal with 99 prompts plus a customizable cover.

Nathan Pyle takes journalers for a creative ride through the pages of this product--each prompt comes with a mix of black lines (solid boundaries to color) and blue lines (to trace and use as a jumping off point for further imagination. The prompts move from extremely suportive towards the start of the journal (giving the journaler lots of structure so as not to intimidate them) to more free-form, the idea being that the journaler's skills will increase the more they progress.

The prompts themselves are a collection of inventive and humorous trips down memory lane, helping journalers curate and draw their most prized recollections, and also to unearth memories they didn't know they had (a lie you were told as a child that you believed until recently, or the first fictional death you experienced). With a well-honed sensibility for what shares well online and what people are searching for, each of the 99 stories has been chosen because it prompts emotional resonance and will be content people will be excited to share on their social media. The prompts can also be mixed and matched to create all new narratives, the way musical notes can be lined up differently to make new tunes.

Package wise, this journal is a large square, big enough to satisfy doodlers, but light enough to easily fit in a backpack or totebag. The book's jacket is a silk-screened PVC case which adds to the nostalgic feel (reminiscent of a toy); the jacket is also removeable to reveal an uncoated cover where journalers can embellish the design in their own way, making each and every journal totally customizable.

Aha!: 10 Ways to Free Your Creative Spirit and Find Your Great Ideas
Aha!
10 Ways to Free Your Creative Spirit and Find Your Great Ideas
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0517884003

Behind every successful venture, there's a great idea. Based on the notion that creativity is a life skill that must be continually cultivated, Ayan offers ten strategies for finding and harnessing inspiration.

Akademie X: Lessons in Art + Life
Akademie X
Lessons in Art + Life
Paperback      ISBN: 0714867365

Assembled from the wisdom of 36 legendary art teachers - all of them artists or critics at the top of their field - Akademie X: Lessons in Art + Life is an ideal curriculum for the aspiring artist.

Each of the book's "tutors" has provided a unique lesson that aims to provoke, inspire and stimulate the aspiring artist. These lessons cover some combination of the following: technical advice (e.g. don't make a sculpture bigger than your studio door), assignments (some of which will take five minutes to complete, others five years), tips for avoiding creative ruts (including suggestions for mind‐expanding materials to read, watch or listen to), principles of careful looking (demonstrated with images of artworks, photographs, films or even billboard advertisements), advice on the daily practice of art (how to balance time alone in the studio with building an artistic community), career pointers (how to prepare for a studio visit from a curator or gallerist) and personal anecdotes (e.g. stories from the instructor's own humble beginnings). Taken together, these lessons offer the reader a set of tools for thinking, seeing and living as an artist.

Not only is Akademie X: Lessons in Art + Life the first illustrated text book of its kind for artists, but it will also appeal to anyone interested in contemporary art, providing first hand revelations into the philosophies and techniques of some of the world's best artists and writers.

Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
Art & Fear
Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
Paperback      ISBN: 0961454733

"This is a book about making art. Ordinary art. Ordinary art means something like: all art not made by Mozart. After all, art is rarely made by Mozart-like people; essentially--statistically speaking--there aren't any people like that. Geniuses get made once-a-century or so, yet good art gets made all the time, so to equate the making of art with the workings of genius removes this intimately human activity to a strangely unreachable and unknowable place. For all practical purposes making art can be examined in great detail without ever getting entangled in the very remote problems of genius."
---from the Introduction

Art & Fear explores the way art gets made, the reasons it often doesn't get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way. The book's co-authors, David Bayles and Ted Orland, are themselves both working artists, grappling daily with the problems of making art in the real world. Their insights and observations, drawn from personal experience, provide an incisive view into the world of art as it is expeienced by artmakers themselves.

This is not your typical self-help book. This is a book written by artists, for artists --- it's about what it feels like when artists sit down at their easel or keyboard, in their studio or performance space, trying to do the work they need to do. First published in 1994, Art & Fear quickly became an underground classic. Word-of-mouth response alone--now enhanced by internet posting--has placed it among the best-selling books on artmaking and creativity nationally.

Art & Fear has attracted a remarkably diverse audience, ranging from beginning to accomplished artists in every medium, and including an exceptional concentration among students and teachers. The original Capra Press edition of Art & Fear sold 80,000 copies.

An excerpt:

Today, more than it was however many years ago, art is hard because you have to keep after it so consistently. On so many different fronts. For so little external reward. Artists become veteran artists only by making peace not just with themselves, but with a huge range of issues. You have to find your work...

Art and Faith: A Theology of Making
Art and Faith
A Theology of Making
Hardcover      ISBN: 0300254148
From a world-renowned painter, an exploration of creativity's quintessential--and often overlooked--role in the spiritual life

"Makoto Fujimura is the rare artist whose life has something of the same purifying and galvanizing force of his work. His new book brings those two elements--life and art--even closer together, and is a real tonic for our atomized time." --Christian Wiman

Conceived over thirty years of painting and creating in his studio, this book is Makoto Fujimura's broad and deep exploration of creativity and the spiritual aspects of "making." What he does in the studio is theological work as much as it is aesthetic work. In between pouring precious, pulverized minerals onto handmade paper to create the prismatic, refractive surfaces of his art, he comes into the quiet space in the studio, in a discipline of awareness, waiting, prayer, and praise.

Ranging from the Bible to T. S. Eliot, and from Mark Rothko to Japanese Kintsugi technique, he shows how unless we are making something, we cannot know the depth of God's being and God's grace permeating our lives. This poignant and beautiful book offers the perspective of, in Christian Wiman's words, "an accidental theologian," one who comes to spiritual questions always through the prism of art.
Art and Spiritual Transformation: The Seven Stages of Death and Rebirth
Art and Spiritual Transformation
The Seven Stages of Death and Rebirth
Paperback      ISBN: 1594772819

The primal role of art in awakening and liberating the soul of humanity

- Presents a seven-stage journey of transformation moving from the darkened soul to the light of spiritual illumination

- Provides a meditation practice to experience the spiritual energy embedded within art

- Includes artists Alex Grey, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Walter Gaudnek, and others

Art and Spiritual Transformation presents a seven-stage journey from the darkened soul to the light of spiritual illumination that is possible through the world of art. Finley Eversole introduces a meditation practice that moves beyond the visual content of an art form in order to connect with its embedded spiritual energy, allowing the viewer to tap in to the deeper consciousness inherent in the artwork and awaken dormant powers in the depths of the viewer's soul.

Examining modern and postmodern artwork from 1945 onward, Eversole reveals the influences of ancient Egypt, India, China, and alchemy on this art. He draws extensively on philosophy, myth and symbolism, literature, and metaphysics to explain the seven stages of spiritual death and rebirth of the soul possible through art: the experience of self-loss, the journey into the underworld, the experience of the dark night of the soul, the conflict with and triumph over evil, the awakening of new life in the depths of being, and the return and reintegration of consciousness on a higher plane of being, resulting finally in ecstasy, transfiguration, illumination, and liberation. To illustrate these stages, Eversole includes works by abstract expressionists Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Mark Rothko and modern visionary artists Alex Grey and Ernst Fuchs, among others, to reveal the powerful and liberating forces art contributes to the transformation and evolution of human consciousness.