Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Creativity - The Three C's

I enjoy creativity in all forms. Rather than look at writing today, let's explore three very different outlets.

Charlotte Dellal designs shoes. Inspired by the 1940s, she works up ideas by engaging in various activities such as gardening. Her All About Eve summer collection had a shoe made of green leather and leaf shapes. "I love the 40s era, rich in accessories." She also likes to evoke the feel of an Agatha Christie murder mystery with an elegant heroine. "It's a fluid process. I start out with one thing and then it evolves into another."

Her favorite film is Gilda, starring Rita Hayworth. Apparently she keeps a huge scrapbook of magazine cutouts, old theater tickets, and movie posters. A collection of childhood toys and vintage shoes round out the muse. And her creativity does circle back to writing. Charlotte Dellal's spider web logo was inspired by an early edition of E.B.White's childhood classic Charlotte's Web.

source - Wall Street Journal - 2/12-13 p. C11

Cristeta Comerford is the White House Executive Chef. She is Phillipine born, French trained, and married to a chef of Irish descent. How did she create a "quintessentially American state dinner" for the Chinese President? Apparently known for her Asian spices, colors, and extra garlic, Comerford's creative process occurred in her hour long commute to work. Her mind sifted through recipes, available ingredients, colors, and a vision of the plating.

Highlights: goat cheese/D'anjou pear appetizer, then orange glazed carrots/black trumpet mushrooms/poached Maine lobster heralded the main course. Like a baseball coach, she instructs with hand signals. "The team worked in near silence, rehearsed movements akin to a ballet," said the chef. "Advance preparation and practice is key."

Her hard work paid off. The state dinner was deemed a success.

Guess I'll put away the Mac 'n Cheese and contemplate a plating for tonight. However, Ray's not keen on carrots. Will Cheetos (they are orange) suffice?

source: Wall Street Journal 2/26-27 p. C11

Conor Oberst, folk singer from Omaha, confesses "he's a thief, stealing phrases I hear and turning them into a chorus or theme." He carries a small digital recorder to capture "snatches of potential inspiration." Everyday dialogue and sound outtakes like a giggle fill his larder with musical paintings.Whether strumming a guitar or gliding across a keyboard, Oberst sings of life through "dreamy imagery, alien references, and spare melancholy."

source: Wall Street Journal 2/5-6 p. C11

The creative process takes its own course. If it did otherwise, it would not be creative.


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