Creative Thinking and Materiality

Working in the Rhizome (Deleuze and Guattari), it is a botonical way of looking at idea generation (alike a root system) where you start ‘in the middle’ (immersed and responsive) and work your way towards sunlight excited by the tension of not knowing. Often characterised by constant connections made between things, ‘… the rhizome has no beginning or end; it is always in the middle, between things, intermezzo’. In terms of creative thinking, your ‘Rhizomes’ simply never stop.

The notion of ‘creative flow‘ (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi) is the point at which you are working at strech, just beyond your comfort zone but are feeling the rewards, a satisfaction of learning and finding out that causes you to be completely immersed in an activity, as if time has no meaning.

Looking at  Tim Ingold, where ‘material agency‘ is the idea that materials have their own voice, their own set of values; history, geography, memories even before you get your hands on them.

Lambros Malafouris explores Hylomorphism, the theory of ‘material engagement‘, that it is only human beings that give materials a voice, that they lie inert until we impose our control/knowledge/ and interpretation of heir value.

Transference – where you apply skills, approach, from one mode of knowledge (for example: writing/theory, drawing, material understanding) to another. It is all about exercising your mind.


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BA (Hons) Final Year Ceramics student at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Love experimenting with material and techniques and work on a range of medium.

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