Each month, the Creative Gateways studio chooses a theme to inspire our work and act as a focus for our events.
So, what is “The Force”?
“It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.” – Obi-Wan Kenobi
The epic Star Wars saga is one of the most well-loved of all movie franchises, combining George Lucas’ incredible vision with iconic performances, technical inventiveness and visual creativity spanning decades.
The story chronicles the endless battle between good and evil, within a galaxy that whilst it might be “far far away” is an awful lot similar to our own in some ways. The characters are surrounded by an invisible “force”, a mysterious energy that can be turned to either good or evil depending on the intention of those within it.
So how does this relate to our community of artists? Are we going to be battling with light sabers or communing with alien beings?
Not exactly. Here are four of our favorite quotes about the force, and how they relate to making art.
“Patience you must have, my young padawan” – Yoda
Like an overenthusiastic jedi-in-training, artists must learn to develop patience when it comes to honing their skills and using their talents. Whether it’s waiting for an experimental glass piece to come out of the kiln, or painstakingly sketching out a watercolor before beginning to fill in the vibrant hues, patience is a quality we’ve all had to cultivate – and the rewards are worth it.
The beauty of our open studios is that you don’t need to be patient to see what’s coming up – we welcome you to come see pieces before they’re finished, and enjoy the process with us!
“Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them. Stretch out with your feelings” – Obi-Wan Kenobi
As visual artists our eyes are important, but it can be just as important to step away, take some time out, and feel into what a piece ‘needs’. Often we “feel” what needs to happen before we can “think” of what we’re trying to do.
“Truly wonderful, the mind of a child is.” – Yoda
… and the mind of an artist, too! Asking “why”, making a mess, and playing around with what feels good – these are all childlike qualities that result in the stunning pieces you can see on display in our gallery.
We welcome you to join us for one of our workshops, so that you too can connect to that place of wonder and imagination too many of us leave behind in childhood. (You might be surprised by what you create!)
“Remember, a Jedi can feel the Force flowing through him.” – Obi-Wan Kenobi
We might call it intuition, or talent, but all of us know what it’s like to experience a “flow state” – when time disappears, our rational minds switch off and we find ourselves totally immersed in what we’re doing. There’s a kind of meditative state we reach as creators when we lose ourselves in our work, and that sounds an awful lot to us like “the force” at work.
Find the force within you
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