Hello, my name is Rose. Creativity is at my core and I often engage in many creative projects (perhaps too many) with no particular pattern. I shift from painting to writing to jewelry making to sewing to cooking, in a moments notice, with no particular agenda, other than to jump in when inspiration strikes. This blog is my newest endeavour.
My views are influenced by my biography. I grew up in East Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where the pretty, the ugly and the creative collide to make something uniquely beautiful. I compare my childhood neighbourhood to the the Japanese aesthetic, Wabi-Sabi. In his book, Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers, author Leonard Koren, describes the aesthetic as an “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete” beauty.
The concept of Wabi-Sabi, not only allows for acceptance, but it also allows for more freedom, because we are not limited to something remaining in a fixed state. Roses embody the concept of Wabi-Sabi, as they are beautifully “imperfect, impermanent and incomplete” as they go through a continuous growth cycle. It is all in how we perceive things to be now and whether we choose to view things as assets or as flaws. Viewing something as flawed would impede creativity as possibilities are denied, while viewing something as an asset would generate creative solutions and creative meaning for an individual.
I studied Anthropology in university and have always been fascinated by how people create meaning and generate solutions in the worlds in which they live. From the creation of meaning comes unique stories and vantage points. I was particularly interested in how people transform their existence (despite barriers) through their stories, their creation of space and place, resulting in ongoing shifts in how people perceive their worlds.
Imagine a man mopping a floor in a building. How would you view this man? One person may view this man as “just” a janitor, while others may view this same man as a hero. Perhaps this man helped put children through school. Maybe he taught someone how to grow crops to sell at a market to feed their family. Or, at a time of great need, maybe he gifted someone with encouraging words which enabled them to persist and exist. A real man did these things, a man I called Grandpa. My grandfather immigrated to Canada from the Philippines, so that his children could have a better life. To some, my grandfather was John the janitor, but to others he was their mentor and savior. What we learn from this example is that every person has special qualities. We may not be able to see these qualities on the surface. It all comes back to how we perceive flaws and assets, as well as whether we are curious enough to perceive these assets in ourselves and others.
The topics I choose to write about are driven by topics that pique my curiosity and my love of storytelling. Brandon Sanderson says,
The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give questions to think upon. ~Brandon Sanderson [Photo by Ceridwen – Own work]
This space is a vehicle for my own self-discovery, by way of inspiration, creativity and storytelling. I hope that the things I choose to write about in this space, assists you on whatever path you wish to explore and travel.