People often ask me how I come up with my images and ideas. All I can say is they do not come out of thin air but are part of a process in which each work informs the next and where mistakes are embraced.

Taking chances may cause unintentional results or ‘mistakes’ but have confidence in the process to see it through. You will learn to understand the difference between mistakes that work and those that are lessons for future projects.

Do not keep starting over again and again, only to reach the same unresolved place – unless you get past that point you will never learn. Push through and you will learn from it, no matter what the result. The end result doesn’t matter, but the lesson is invaluable.

Always question whether it is a mistake or another possibility.

Trust is the key.

Trust in yourself and your process and be prepared to learn through it.

The only mistake is to worry about making mistakes. Getting beyond that means that every work YOU do will inform the next and as a result YOU WILL GROW AS AN ARTIST.

This video is a great inspiration and one that I will keep close by. We are all subject to that fear of ruining a work that seems to be going well and perhaps not taking it as far as we might out of fear of making a mistake.

Do Schools Kill Creativity?

"If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original."Watch SirKenRobinson's classic TED Talk about how schools can nurture creativity: #TeacherAppreciationDay

Posted by TED on Tuesday, May 8, 2018