Making Art Under Restrictions.

Lois Adams 02 Dec 20

Being creative under Covid restrictions.

Here is a clip from the Q&A we had with designer Lizzie Kevan Curtis, where we asked briefly about working under restriction and pressure.

Here are some of our extra practical thoughts:

  • View the restrictions as creative limitations.

  • Explore new artforms: Land Art, Environmental Art, Internet Art (NetArt) or Digital Art or many other artforms. 

  • Go out and draw! Having regular fresh air and practising your drawing skills is really valuable. Bring your camera, sketchbook, paints or even do some rubbings on your walks! (Like David Hockney’s sketchbooks)

  • Think creatively about the people you have bubbled with; what art projects can do together or themes you can explore? 

  • Having your make-shift studio in your bedrooms is not ideal but we know many artists have started in similar positions. Think creatively about your space and how you can make the most of it. Cupboard under the stairs could be a make-shift dark room, a window near a desk could be a great light box. See artist Kaomri Homma who does fire-etchings at her home: here is a video of her exploring it; https://vimeo.com/426561564

  • Develop your weaker skills. These restrictions could be forcing you to use skills that you are not confident with. Take this opportunity to develop your skills and come to a better grasp and enjoyment of them. This might open new opportunities in the future or develop you work in a way you wouldn’t have predicted. 

  • Share ideas and nurture your community of friends. Many of us go through similar feelings and experiences. Make time to chat with friends about these things and share ideas and burdens.

  • Be in regular contact with your lectures and teachers, asking for advice and feedback about your work. 

  • Create a healthy balanced plan about developing your online presence. How much is good for you, to post, respond or observe on Instagram and other social media?

“When I dry up creatively, I usually buy an old art history book to read. I start to doodle and draw over the book when reading. I observe the book closely and mimicking the art that’s in it. Slowly my creative juices start to flow, both physically and mentally.”

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“I enjoyed reading more art theory and history, it’s helps me understand where I am”.

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“I enjoy making art processes with normal household utensils and spaces”

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