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  • Posted: 06/03/2014
  • Author: Thomas Kuzma
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Hey guys welcome to another week on ASPIRE! I have had my fair share of shenanigans outside of work this week.  I’ve been hanging with friends and saving princesses from peculiar looking sorcerers (playing Zelda). I have been learning some fantastic things in my writer’s course. Aspect has put together a workshop for the autism community that helps them with their writing or photography needs. I have learnt so much that I am going to share with you in this Blog. My skills wouldn’t have increased so much thanks to my teacher/mentor.

Aah, doesn’t creativity lift the spirit! Poems, Paintings and Photos truly capture the creative life. It looks like we all need more P in life or Vitamin C. From the very first cave painting to the very latest in musical styles there is creativity in everyday life. The thing is creativity takes on different perspectives. What may look like a duck sitting at a desk to one person might be a poultry representation of right winged corporate America to another. Someone living a mundane life on the autism spectrum might want to fly and break free from that world. I’m not some crazy quack! I have no feathered brain but I do want to soar like an eagle around a chicken world. So what makes people on the spectrum enjoy the creative side of life?

 An Aspie Perspective

This week, I’m going to do something a little different. Rather than a professional opinion, I will show you a different way of how creativity comes about. It is believed that through adversity fantastic art is made. We have seen this throughout. After World War 2, there were plenty of crises including Britain’s economy tanking and the cold war. At this time we saw the rise of the Beatles, a band whose music not only defined a generation but still has you twisting and shouting today. The author Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote about crime and punishment. In order to create his great works, he would gamble away all his possessions so that in the end he had that survival instinct that would drive him to creating great works.  How does this work for us Aspies?

 If we look at Temple Grandin, it was her perseverance that helped her design and construct the squeeze machine. She had to compete against the men from the feedlot at Scottsdale Arizona. Through her perseverance and creative mind to think just like cows she designed and implemented the best livestock handling facilities. All of this can be seen in her movie 'Temple Grandin'. In John Elder Robison’s book he talked about the hard life he had growing up at home. John went on to learn about electronics and using his creative mind he made guitars for a member of KISS that every rocker wished he had. I am not giving the man enough justice though; check out his book, 'Look Me In The Eye'.

What does this mean? Should we all throw away our possessions and try living on the edge of the paintbrush? No. Creativity comes when we have faith in ourselves and believe the thoughts and talents we have should be shared. This is why I always have a notepad with me, even if I’m on the toilet.

My Two Cents

See I have lived with a creative spice in my eyes from a very young age. My dad probably thought it was actual spice because I wouldn’t stop drawing dragons. But dad nurtured my spirit, showing me better ways to draw and colour in. Sadly with my Aspieness, my learning method involved repeating the same thing over and over. Just like Lawrence Jamieson from Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, I enjoyed these artistic endeavours, but my talent sucked tremendously. I kind of gave it up in high school and didn’t really return to it.

When I discovered my love for the Adobe programs and 3D software, I launched myself into every single crevice of it. I started studying PIXAR’s films. This research led me to my love of writing. I have enrolled in short courses to improve my writing skills. I also study the way story is in film or television. It at the point where I can tell the big plot twist at the end of the first act. So what can I say about Asperger’s and creativity?  I say that our creativity can be truly awesome if we believe in ourselves, what we do and share our experiences and their results with others. It is also important to have good people around you who love and support you. It doesn’t matter if you are doing something boring. If you can find a new way carry out that task, you are being creative.

In conclusion

The best way I can sum up what makes creativity and art great is this.

In one of my favourite films ‘the Intouchables’ they discuss art and what it means.

Philippe: Tell me Driss, why do you think people are interested in art?

Driss: I don't know, it's a business?

Philippe: No. That's because it's the only thing one leaves behind

This quote I believe gives deep meaning to what it is to make art, to write or take photos. When you are gone, you can still show the world that this is how you see the world we live in. You could either be the Lead singer of INXS or the great mind behind the Ghost Busters; your art will be talked about for years to come.

That about wraps it up for another week of ASPIRE! Oh and remember folks, Blue Print submissions close 31st of March, So get your photography skills going and send your photos here . There are plenty of prizes to win including a Fuji Film Digital Camera X-A1. So until next week folks, if you worry about showing someone your art, let me take a quote from one of my favourite Pixar movies, ‘Ratatouille’.

“You must be imaginative, strong-hearted. You must try things that may not work, and you must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul. What I say is true – anyone can cook... but only the fearless can be great.”

- Gusteau


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