Acknowledged uncertainties… now what?

In the context of my practice and creative works as an artist and writer, I am a weaver at heart.

Whether I’m literally spinning and knitting threads and fabrics together, constructing lines of poetry, or holding space for other people’s creativity in my educational work — I admit that I continue to be fascinated by this curious process of woven textures.

A few months ago, I was thinking about the title for an exhibition of a large scale art installation I’d curated in Scotland, exploring lineage and inter-connectivity. Whilst I thought about the essence of the…


Reimagining education in a world in flux

I listened to a jazz musician explaining the beauty of navigating by improvisation: how integrating many notes and rhythms of players is down to the art of listening. It’s about responding to the melody’s fluid progression; with slight changes in tempo or reimagining a note that was played accidentally. ‘It is the quiet art of remaining in an open place’ he said. …


THE BENEFITS OF COMMUNITY LIVING

I’ve just finished packing up 7(ish) years of life. The majority of my 20s, post uni and pre any serious responsibility on what we might classify as the ‘normal adult life’ trajectory — (but then, what is that really anyway?!).

During that time I’ve had the privilege of living with the most creative and eclectic group of human beings imaginagble. …


heavenly bodies 0.1 / MET Gala 2018

Guo Pei Couture — Spring 2017

Sat with matcha latte and laptop in Greenwich Village, I’m contemplating the imminent arrival of 2018’s MET Gala happening next week — that first Monday in May.

Said to be the most important event in the fashion calendar, and carefully officiated by American Vogue’s Anna Wintour, the Museum’s annual fundraiser materialises some of the most infamous red carpet moments that continue to fuel artistic intrigue, as well as playful scrutiny across the cultural spectrum. …


we should be delighted when we’re proved ‘wrong’ — it means we’ve learnt something — Prof Brian Cox

I listened to a jazz musician recently, explaining the beauty of navigating improvisation; how integrating many notes and rhythms drawn from a collection of players, is down to the art of listening. Of responding to the melody’s fluid progression; slight changes in tempo or reimagining a note that was played accidentally. It is the quiet art of remaining in an open place he said, of an un-bias intuitive perception, trusting that the additions — practiced and unplanned — will make up multiple harmonious layers towards dynamic and emotive sound.

He described that one of the main aspects of doing this…


creativity creates more space, than it takes up

William Paul Young

Initially, a blank page can seem daunting; vulnerable and full of unknowns — yet if we allow ourselves to sit there long enough, there is also incredible potential. It’s a space to put pen to paper, harness possibility and tangibly connect meaningful ideas of value to the bigger picture.

By filling in a ‘blank space’, be it literal or metaphorical, our previous assumptions are challenged and underlying concerns exposed. This process, more often than not, makes room for engaging dialogue with others and sometimes innovative expressions that bring new perspectives, as well as aesthetic pleasure.

Creativity has…

Jennifer Sturrock

weaving waves, words and matter //@jensturrock www.jennifersturrock.com

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