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Creative Coho Everywhere

by Ric Castillo | October 9, 2017

Conventionally speaking, whether one’s contributions to the arts are more of production or patronage, most of us can be placed into two stocks: creatives and non-creatives. If you’ll grant me some liberty here--for sake of metaphor--imagine ‘non-creatives’ are compliant farmed salmon and ‘creatives’ are intrepid wild Coho. For many, the prevailing climate traditionally imprints compliant fish to achieve rote functions and reach for benchmarks of established deliciousness--decidedly un-creatively. Meanwhile, the Coho brave the dangers of market, mayhem and maker-fails to deliver something unique and interesting, if not sustainable. To put it another way, if you aren’t someone lucky enough to derive longevity from creativity, you are more or less destined to merely bear witness (...bears) or be awestruck by those who make a living beyond the net...and just keep swimming in circles, waiting to be harvested.

Last month’s Well Fed Artist Workshop--"Got Creative Confidence" defied conventional thinking. Presenter and provocateur Sogol Homayoun demonstrated how easy, inclusive, and differentiating an intentional daily commitment to creativity can be. With the onslaught of technology tasking every aspect of our lives, and an oversaturated availability of everything, it can be easy to get lost in the tide. Ms. Homayoun demonstrated through simple exercises that inherent creativity can fight the current, deliver us from clutches of the narrow salmon ladder, and propel us to spawn new ideas. There are no creatives and non-creatives...just inherent potential: squeeze a lemon, add some cayenne, dill, pepper or even maple syrup; we’re all fantastic fish, and all capable of being creatively delicious.

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