When Sarah and I were creating these Manifesto points we pictured creative expression as a sort of carpet that is unrolling in front of us. The more we humans push the boundaries of creativity forward, the more our momentum unrolls this carpet of expression. Some people, like Leonardo Da Vinci, have pushed the boundaries so far that they begin to interpret the pattern on the back of the yet unfurled carpet and start expressing it into the world ahead of it's time. These are the people pushing the carpet to open up more for the rest of us; their passionate expression continues to show us where the boundaries are, or were, creatively and how much more there is to express. This carpet is broad and colorful, filled with texture and sound. It is a living expression, more of a wild mohair than a dull short commercial. The carpet is messy and beautiful, and as we create, we contribute to it.
There are boundaries to creative expression, we all experience them in deeply personal ways as we attempt to express ourselves creatively. There are skills we don't possess, thoughts we don't have the capacity to think, and ideas that haven't been born yet. But the more we press forward and push against those boundaries, the further they expand. Jimmie Hendrix was a legendary electric guitar player, but he was not the last word in creative musicianship. Picasso pushed the boundaries of painting and then continued to press them hard throughout his career - and yet he did not tap into every form of painting that will ever exist. These creative greats serve as examples for the rest of us that while the boundaries do exist, they are not static. They were made to be tested and expanded. In fact, our boundaries should be seen less as obstacles and more as sign posts - here is a place for expansion of the boundaries of creativity. There is no end to your creative potential, so no boundary is final. What are you waiting for?
Emily is a creative entrepreneur, born in the South, raised in Colorado, and loving life in Brooklyn, NY. As the co-founder of Bright Ideas she spends her time doing freelance photography, writing blog posts, drinking black coffee, experimentally cooking, laughing, playing minimalist puzzle games on her iphone, exploring NYC, and working a lot of odd jobs. You can follow Emily’s adventures on Instagram or Twitter, see what inspires her on Pinterest, check out her photography on Facebook, or read more of her posts here.