Creative Thinkers: Cat Ivins (part 2)

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Early in the week, I discussed authenticity and social awareness in relation to the creative process with Cat Ivins from Uncorked & Polarity. Now… we tackle obstacles.

Tara: Here’s a question from Stephey Baker. What’s one of the recurring obstacles you face as an artist creating a thriving business?

Catherine: My challenge at the moment is in production – finding creative fulfillment in the making of something for the thousandth time when I am the person who likes to make something ONCE and move on.

I know that growth comes from doing the hardest thing – it would be easier for me to just make something else – and I do sometimes because I have to – but there is growth in the repetition, too – a kind of meditation that I have learned to appreciate in my life. It doesn’t always have to be so intense to be intense, you know what I mean.

Tara: I do know what you mean – and I give you MAD PROPS (do people still say that?!) for working through it like that.

I can’t. Just can’t. Repetition is not in my skill set.

So you don’t outsource any part of production?

Catherine: Not yet! It can be hard – I used to have a mall cart during the holidays and in Sept before I opened I would literally cut thousands of mats – lock myself in a room with books on tape – and to tell you the truth it was great.

Tara: ah! When books on tape are involved, it is always fun!

Catherine: yes!

3 thoughts on “Creative Thinkers: Cat Ivins (part 2)

  1. Reading this makes me think I have to work on my repetition skills too. A huge reason for doing one of a kind is because it becomes boring to do the same thing over and over again.
    I really enjoyed the first part of Creative Thinkers too :)

  2. I love this comment, “growth comes from doing the hardest thing” because momma it’s true. It’s not easy to face our fears and move through whatever blocks our creativity + hArt from what it wants to do – expand!

    Catherine I like your perspective in that there is, “growth in the repetition, too.” I recently read a study that claimed in order for someone to change their behavior or instill a new behavior/habit it needed to be practiced 21 times to take root – for it to change. I don’t know if this is true or not but it supports your concept of growth can exist in repetition – does exist! I had a friend who’d practice drawing circles, when the muse left him, for hours on end sometimes days. He perfected the circle and practiced art – literally. He now works as an animator for disney.

    There is a mediation in repetition. I know when I face the blank page and begin to draw I disappear. The focused attention, bringing my whole presence to the page, gets me in lost the moment – hence abracadabra – disappear. Of course I’m not conscious of this at the time and I can honestly say I’ve never approached the page intentionally to meditate.

    The painter Mark Rothko created a series of large tone on tone paintings for a zen monastery. His canvasses allowed the monks to practice the transcendence of themselves by meditating on his paintings. I believe Rothko’s intentions were to paint the void so to provide a space in which you met yourself, like a mirror and in true zen fashion transcended yourself by becoming aware of something bigger, sacred.

    I’d be interested to know, who has this as a daily practice? How does it support their creations on and off the page? hmmm…

    Thanks for sharing!

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