Wednesday, April 11, 2012
By Maria Orellana
After months cheekily evading writting a blog with the excuse of
having too much work, I have finally been coerced into stepping up
to the task (either that or no coffee for me this afternoon) And
even though it IS true that I have plenty of work to do (I am, of
course, a highly motivated hard working graduate after all) what
has actually been keeping me away from blogging is my fear of 'a
lack of creativity'.
After all creativity and architecture go hand in hand, its
demanded of us to be inspired problem solvers with the capacity to
think outside the box.
I guess it's a fear harboured by all graduates that are working
full time. After hours spent doing council checklists, site minutes
and joinery drawings you sometimes forget that what makes your
career unique and interesting is the element of creativity. That
sudden flow of ideas that keep our minds focus on our university
design projects (even after a couple of beers at the pub, or only a
few hours sleep) can feel like it has been buried under a layer of
documentation standards and BCA requirements. By the time you are
asked to demonstrate what you are capable of as a designer you find
yourself some how out of shape, you question your ability and end
up delegating the task and running to your favourite hiding spot
Well, is time to stop this, there is really no excuse to stop
exercising your creative muscles! Bring on the outdoor sketching,
weekend projects and DIYs. After all who could be better qualified
to fix a motorbike or put together an IKEA wardrobe than a highly
motivated hard working graduate!
And for all of you out there struggling to Create! Here is a bit a
writing that inspired me through out my degree.
I would rather be
ashes than dust!
I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze
than it should be stifled by dry-rot.
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent
glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my
days trying to prolong them. I shall use my