A book of creative prompts
I was inspired to write Creative Block after about a year in the design industry, when I had just started volunteering for a kid’s art club. Their creativity is really inspiring – and I was captivated by how easily they could take a simple prompt, and run wild with it.
It almost made me a bit jealous; I’d often find myself a bit stuck on part of a brief, or simply lost for ideas, and I wanted someone to give me a prompt to go crazy with. I wished there was some sort of workbook that I could pick up, and get inspired by. And then thought – why don’t I just make one?
From zine to book
Originally Creative Block was just going to be a zine that I intended to hand around to different cafes. But after realising just how many ideas I’d accumulated for ‘tasks’, I knew that this was a bit more than just a zine.
I started with an image, and then come up with ways to add context to it. For example, I’d search for inspiration based on a theme, such as ‘typography’, and try to find as many different visual experiments as possible. I’d then figure out the techniques behind the images, explaining to the reader how and why they should create it themselves. Some exercises I also made up based on my own previous need for inspiration, as well as from teaching children at the art club – I genuinely want to encourage adults to tap into their childlike creativity more often.