As an artist / designer, every time you produce something, you give a little piece of yourself away; you expose an idea that until that moment, only existed in your head for you to see. Every time you produce, you sacrifice something that was created in your conscious being and existed solely in you, something no one else had access to. Production is necessary in order to convey and share these pieces of ourselves with the world. As artists, we can’t be selfish. We must produce. We must share our ideas and give away pieces of ourselves. But, how many pieces can one give away until there is nothing left to give? Until there are no more ideas to share? Does this limit even exist? Ask nearly any of the MArch students right now and they’ll say “I’ve reached that limit.” It’s only the first week of November, and we’ve reached that limit. People around the world are biting their finger nails over the Trump v Hilary polls, and the 80 of us are staring at computer screens waiting for inspiration to hit so that we may produce. Losing inspiration is a tragic event, it means you have no more pieces to give. An uninspired, unproductive designer is cranky, grouchy, unsure of herself, and sometimes can even get to the point of not wanting to be inspired.
Creativity – a trait all designers must carry- is intrinsic inspiration. We must inspire ourselves. Our professors won’t do it for us. Our computers won’t do it for us. Our critiques won’t do it for us. We spend so much time talking with professors and advisers and looking at our computers that we’ve come to rely on these external resources as THE resources of inspiration. But that’s wrong. We are constantly thinking, therefore, we are constantly “idea-ing”. We must inspire ourselves with our own ideas in order to have new ideas. That’s what makes us artists in the first place right? No. Everybody thinks. It is the production of our ideas that makes us artists, designers, and architects. Architecture is the physical production of an idea. So for anyone at anytime who claims to have “reached their limit” or is “out of ideas” I recommend sitting down with yourself over a strong cup of coffee and have a long conversation with … you; pick yourself apart. Because you know yourself better than anyone, right? So inspire yourself and produce something worthwhile.
Just remember, “The limit does not exist.”