"Creativity is not a talent. It's a way of operating."
A Study in Creativity: Watching Skillshare Classes While Cutting Out my new Fehr Trade Workout Patterns
I'm taking several great classes over on Skillshare. One of which is, Pass Go: Design your own Table Top Game taught by Grant Rodiek. It's really fascinating to step into the world of game mechanics from the limited scope of "card" or "table top"game. I love playing games, and could kick your butt at Texas Hold 'em, but haven't really gotten into the mechanics of them until recently. I feel like a door is just opening for me and I've a whole new world to explore, learn, and then play with. And, I'm learning from people who are doing this work right now that I might otherwise never meet. Thank you Skillshare!
Grant's Game Design class introduced me to John Cleese's speech on Creativity which I also found quite fascinating. I'm also studying, "How to Win the Internet: Writing for Sketch Comedy" by Marshall Rimmer. So, observing and listening to John Cleese's process for creativity is utterly captivating not just for thinking about game creation, but also in "How do I write something funny?" I've many moments I've made people laugh in my life, but rarely were they on purpose. And most often, I was teased until I cried. So, unlike my hilarious brother who spent his entire childhood telling and retelling bad jokes until one day he really was funny, I always got too serious and wanted everyone to like me instead of trying to find a way to make them laugh at me and not take it personally. I find it odd to begin the discovery process to funny now as an adult. But, here I am and it's NEVER too late to start.
For those who are interested, please take the 30 min to watch John Cleese talk about creativity. If you don't laugh, you're being too serious! His obsurdity is wonderful. I found listening to this while pattern drafting and cutting out my PB Jam Leggings pattern.
If you haven't seen Melissa's new patterns for workout or running gear, do check them out. I'm nearly done with the XYT top and will start sewing on my Valentine's inspired PB Jam Leggings tonight.
In the photo on the left, you may notice that I have several lines running vertically across the bust area. Why? Because I ran out of fabric and had to fudge to get the pieces to fit together. In hindsight, I should have just picked a different fabric for this piece instead of trying to fit several together. When I tried it on, the lines are SO visible when stretched across the bust. Hee hee... Kinda makes me laugh. But I learned what the results of my choice were and could decide to do or not do it again!
I'm working on a video for a new blog post that is a few minutes long and was trying to decide where to post it...
I have accounts with both. Videos on both. But, There's something magical about the way vimeo works - it's clean, it's pretty, it's simple and functional. If I had to guess, the most traffic is likely on YouTube, so that is it's big advantage. And likely YouTube videos come up 10x more often (that's a S.W.A.G. stat) in a Google search than YouTube for popular subjects.
So, I thought I'd observe and take my own notes by doing a little discovery on Vimeo. And look at the cutest lil video I found from Kilogramme. Doesn't that music make you want to get up and dance?
I did a quick search on YouTube for something of similar interest and caliber. I found two things of interest. The first, a movie clip about Fred Astaire in Easter Parade. Wow, how long has it been since Easter Parades stopped happening? Wouldn't it have been cool to go to a store and have them give you a personal fashion show? Wowie. That'd of been something. Listening to this chorus of singers so happy and melodious is uplifting. I wonder if there really were moments like this in the 40's or if they were just glamorized by Hollywood.
And that tap dance bit near the end?! Amazing. I've watched a lot of really good drummers play in my day, and I'd take a guess that he did most if not nearly all of the percussion himself. That kind of drumming is not for the faint of heart. And just because someone can dance, doesn't mean they can be a good percussionist, even if their dance is percussive the way tap is. I'm really glad this was on YouTube. Because I don't recall ever watching this movie of Fred Estaire's and now I want to look up Easter Parade on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon to see who will offer me a download or streamed version to watch.
The second, is a stop motion video about the Smurfs having Easter fun. Is this cute or what?! This person who calls themself Smurf on YouTube has gone to a lot of trouble to create some cute stop-motion videos. I got to see more of this. I love that they're quick and simple, but I know there were likely hours of work creating and editing!
How about you? Do you have a preferred video posting or viewing site?