The Art of Looking Sideways
I feel really lucky to be able to spend a lot of my time writing and making stuff, and recently I’ve been in quite a comfortable, productive, creative, groove. It can feel blissful when that happens – almost effortless, but it’s not always like that. Sometimes I get a creative puncture. usually that’s a symptom of not enough creative fuel going in the tank, whether that be reading enough, looking at art or visiting inspiring places. It can be incredibly frustrating feeling empty of ideas, and I find the best way forward is to play.
‘The Art of Looking Sideways’ by Alan Fletcher was given to me by a friend last year, and I’ve found it to be an oasis when I’m in a creative desert. It’s the perfect encyclopaedia for amusing my muse, and tempting ideas back out from behind the cupboard. It’s filled with seemingly random facts, interesting articles, puzzles and curiosities that send you off on extraordinary tangents and help you look at the world differently – again. It’s what a museum collection might look like in a dream, perfectly serious yet totally surreal.
(I am currently camping in a field in the rain. Unless I join the circus I’ll be back on the 9th August.)