I had 2 year bout with this…during my father’s losing battle with cancer….and a year later when my business mentor faught and lost her battle in just about the same time frame. During this period, I felt like a creative slug. Just going through the motions day to day.
I couldn’t see it at the time…but that’s what actully helped. I Kept going through my creativity motions. Kept my hands and eyes working in my medium…even tho my heart was breaking. Just kept going through the motions. Kept going into the sewing room. Kept surrounding myself with my “creativity stuff”. I even took classes in a new medium (they called it lampwork..hee hee)
Do I feel that I created “art” during this time…nope.
One day….I was done with grief. I had a dream that night for a new direction in my felt work….creativity had re-entered the building. sigh.
I realized after this experience…that I needed regular intervention and peer support. We tried offering a group with an assignment based approach…it was good for a little while… but then, several of us began to feel angry and down on ourselves (I could never complete my assignments on time!) After some time had passed…some wounds had healed…we tried again with the group we call “Creativity Continuum”. There are no assignments or due dates (unless they are self imposed) We meet once a month with a “coach” to keep the meeting on task…but we always have an activity….that makes you use your hands differently….your eyes differently….different materials…different approaches. Our main goal is to keep our creativity muscles moving so we’ll always be ready for the “work-out” when creativity returns….because you know it will be a work-out!