We believe that creativity is our true nature. This means that a fulfilled life, in tune with our true self, is a creative life, and that creativity is an element of wellbeing. When you are in touch with ourselves, then, by nature, you are creative. You have an innate urge to play, wonder, explore and create.
But in the midst of the often fast-paced everyday and between other obligations, how can you go about reconnecting with your innate creativity? In this series of MUSINGS, we ask artists about how their creative process and their practices – artistic and wellbeing practices – to get inspired and perhaps integrate some of those practices in our own lives to nurture our creativity and wellbeing.
While the mental health benefits of making art are evident not only in subjective experience but also, increasingly, in scientific research, art is also a form of exploration and expression, of producing and sharing knowledge – knowledge that is based on practices that connect, on intuitive and embodied knowledge and subjective realities. In these MUSINGS, we explore many facets of creative practice that open up different, inspiring and wholesome ways of experiencing and relating to yourself and what’s around you.
Anke Buchmann is a ceramic designer and founder of HANDFUL: an invitation to slow down and connect through clay. Her vision for HANDFUL was born when she studied Ceramic Design at Central Saint Martins in London. She has grown as an artist and award-winning designer in London with work exhibited at group and solo shows in Berlin and London. Anke has inspired individuals, groups and creatives with her work and clay workshops.