The creative process fascinates me. Not just the finished products that artists produce, but the ways in which we go about producing them, and deciding to produce them in the first place. I especially love creative interplay between artists and forms.
One quiet evening, during a game of Wise and Otherwise, I came up with something like, “The night of Autumn walks with the morning of Winter.” Intrigued by the line, Leora drew a picture of two women walking through a forest: the night of Autumn and the morning of Winter. That drawing, in turn, led me to start writing a story about two women, the personifications of Autumn and Winter, walking through the forest of Time. The story remains unfinished, but Leora’s already said that, when I finish it, she might be inspired to add further illustrations.
I tell you all of this because of Jessica Prescott. Jessica is a North Carolina-based ecologist, crochet designer, and poet, and a reader of No Unsacred Place. A couple days ago, Jessica dropped a note to say that my most recent NUP post, “S and R Dance On”,, and the astronomical event that inspired it, have now inspired her to write the poem “Stars in Love”.
I love the dance of the creative process, and the way that artists, even without having the chance to meet in person, can inform and play off of each other, shifting and transforming an inspiration into something new at every turn, making, unmaking, and remaking. Much like the Cosmos itself.