Mindful Art-Making, Re-Imagining the Future, Living up to Our Potential and Talking about Generative Scribing with Kelvy Bird
How do we respond to challenging times? How can art-making help us literally see differently so that we are able both to respond accurately to the present and to re-imagine the future?
I'm delighted to share a conversation/ interview with Kelvy Bird about her new book Generative Scribing: A New Social Art for the 21st Century in which she discusses just these topics!
Full disclosure: I coached Kelvy on the process of writing this book. We worked together from the initial concept to getting a clear structure and format for the book, and through a lot of doubts and resistance that sometimes blocked the always-present big vision and importance of this project!
One of the things I love about the work I do is the way is the synergy between my interests and the interests of the writers I work with. Though I hadn't heard of generative scribing before, when Kelvy described it to me I was immediately intrigued, and the more I learned the more enthusiastic I became.
This is really a beautiful and inspiring book, and I'm so glad it's in the world!
The book is for anyone interested in both the product and the process of making art; in both seeing and responding to what we see; in the demands of the present and what we are able to imagine for the future.
Whether you're a visual artist or a writer or work in any other form, the book presents a beautiful model for how to be present with our own dynamic creative process.
I hope you'll watch the video and share it with others if you enjoy it.
I find Kelvy's work really inspiring and I hope you do, too. Here's one of the things she says in our interview "in these challenging times I've found that my coping strategy is to create. I've always created, but I feel especially now that the most impact I can have is through trying to connect with potential wherever I sense it, if it's in a person or with how I'm drawing or in writing a book."
I hope you enjoy the interview below.
I've also included some journaling prompts beneath the video, and beneath that a very lightly edited transcript of the conversation so you can read the conversation or refer back to it.
Nadia Colburn interviews Kelvy Bird about the power of mindful seeing and art making and Generative Scribing
Journal Prompts on Mindful Art-Making
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If you enjoyed this please explore my other interviews:
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Transcript of Video Conversation
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