Creativity allows us to view and solve problems. It opens our minds. Especially in difficult and lonely time’s creativity is the best self-therapy and healing solution for our heart, mind, and soul. Creativity is the ability to generate, create, or discover new ideas, solutions, and possibilities. During this horrible global pandemic crisis, everyone was challenged in one or another way, which gave me the idea to feature a few creative guests in my summer blog series Corona & Creativity.
My next guest in my blog series 2021 is the lovely and talented British/Iranian Artist Maryam Nilforoushan. She has studied art in Iran and in the United Kingdom. Today she lives and works between London and Algarve (Portugal). Maryam has the privilege of living near the beautiful Falésia Beach, which has become a subject of a number of her works.
UNHCR UK says Maryam Nilforoushan is an artist with a mission, because her latest work “Exodus” is being donated to help those forced to flee. The silent auction is still open and if you are interested in making a bid for this wonderful and meaningful masterpiece with so much love and detail, please visit this link:
So Maryam, first of all, it is a pleasure to have you on my blog series about creativity. Tell me what means creativity to you?
Using our imagination to communicate our feelings and personal experiences through the means of any or all of our senses.
And what is your favorite creative activity?
Apart from painting and drawing, I really enjoy reading poetry. I also like transforming furniture, changing the functionality of objects, or painting them. I love experimenting with cooking too.
What is your favorite color?
This is a tough question. As an artist, I like all the colors, however, I am often drawn to orange and white.
Maryam, Did you discover a creative activity or new passion during the corona Lockdown? What exactly?
During the first lockdown, I started baking, something that I've never done before. I found that the slowing down of time meant that I was able to write and paint more.
Funny you say that. I have found my passion for baking just recently as well. And one of my next blog guests has actually won a baking show and is now "The Best hobby baker duo in Switzerland 2021". So I'm excited to read her answers about Creativity. Anyway now back to you, would you say creative people are happier in general?
I cannot say if creative people are happier as there are many examples of creative individuals who suffer from mental and physical illnesses. From my own experience, I am happiest when I am fully submerged in a creative project. If I am not doing something creative I don't feel fully content.
Would you say creativity is kind of a self-therapy?
Creativity has the potential to be a meditative practice and a kind of therapy. At the same time, I believe this is very much dependent on the state of the mind of the individual.
Maryam would you say that creative people are more driven and disciplined?
It’s hard to generalize, I think it all depends on the individual’s personality.
The meaning of “Creativity” is the use of imagination or original ideas to create something; inventiveness! Creativity is going beyond the usual, stepping outside of the box. It can be defined in many ways, such as how a person explores ideas or uses different ways to solve issues and how one experiences life. So what was your original idea or what did you create during lockdown?
This is also a good answer to your first question. I create soft furnishings (Like a cushions etc) I also made some face masks for friends and neighbors during the periods when it was challenging to find masks in lockdown.
As I mentioned before, I painted extensively and took part in some online life drawing classes for the first time with my daughter by zoom. I read a lot more poetry.
While you may have natural creativity skills, there are also skills that can be learned and developed over time. Would you say your creative skills are natural or trained?
I would say both, I started drawing and painting as a young girl without any training and received a lot of attention and awards during primary school. Because I was passionate I wanted to learn to advanced my skills.
Did you know that a new study from researchers has found that women are engaged in creative fields like art, music, and literature at higher rates than men and are generally more creative than men? What is your thought on that?
This does not surprise me, as we are created to create. Every human being is created by a woman. Humans need emotional nurturing as well as physical, we are designed to be responsive to all senses, and that to me is the core of Art and creativity.
Do you think being creative and productive is also related to season? For example are you more creative in the summer or in winter?
I guess this is also true, one feels more productive on warmer days. The longer days in the summer months mean there is more light which gives energy and creates a positive feeling, which is all conducive to a creative mindset.
Maryam can you find three creative words to describe yourself to my blog visitors?
Emphatic, soulful, compassionate.
Thank you so much for being my blog guest and best of luck with all your creative projects. And of course good luck with the auction. I hope someone very special will be the lucky owner of your lovely masterpiece. It deserves to travel to a home filled with love, joy, and happiness.