Creative Inspiration

Bemused Banana

Title:  The Bemused Banana

Date:  March 2, 2012

Inspiration:  Unstuck:  52 ways to Get (and Keep) Your Creativity Flowing at Home, at Work, and in Your Studio by Noah Scalin

Materials:  Leftover breakfast (apple core, banana peel, cottage cheese, and some napkin bits)

Background:  Scalin’s super-fun book gives 52 project ideas, all purposed to get creativity flowing.   I got this book a few weeks ago, and love it.   This morning, I asked my husband to choose an emotion at random, and after a few moments, he said “bemused.”  I went to work using my left-over breakfast to fashion a face that embodied bemusement.  A collaborative effort, we came-up with the hipster-’stached Bemused Banana that you see here.

Random Thoughts:  This project successfully sparked a little creativity, especially after a uniquely tiring week.  Rather than go through the usual routine in the morning, we took 5 minutes to work on a silly project and have some fun.  We left for work smiling.  What if we could rally this type of artistic collaboration on a larger, citywide scale?  Could we find a place to gather random strangers for the purpose of completing one of these projects, as a group?  What type of partnerships and ideas might form?   I’m sure we could make our city smile.

Definitely check out Noah Scalin’s book Unstuck and his blog.

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