How Can I Increase My Freedoms?

Artists and scientists have used experimentation for centuries. The scientific method provides an elegant framework for answering questions of all kinds.

As researchers and artists, we’ve devoted the last half a decade to increasing our freedoms.

We both left our jobs in academia to pursue a more creative lifestyle. Jo has used her background in design and research to exhibit her paintings in two exhibitions. (Hope: From Robe to Riches, and Palette of Painters.) Sarah has drawn upon her research training and love of writing to pen the satirical novel Number Eight Crispy Chicken

We’ve documented our journeys in the hopes it will help you increase your own freedom.

Creatementality is the result of our artistic experiences and research on creativity. Over the course of our conversations, we identified three key practices which have helped us increase our freedoms:

  • Artistic practices
  • Strategic practices
  • Economic practices

How do these practices help?

Although developing any of these practices is likely to improve your life, it’s when we combine them that the magic really begins.

To do what we want (physical freedom) requires artistic and strategic skills. If you have to rely on a wealthy patron to survive, you won’t have the freedom to make the kind of art you want. Likewise, even if you have a lot of economic resources, if you haven’t developed your artistic skills you won’t be able to make the kind of art you want either.

To do things when we want (temporal freedom) requires economic and strategic skills. If you have to spend all your time working because you’re in debt, no matter how organised you are, you’ll be too exhausted to create. Likewise, even if you have a lot of free time, if you haven’t developed strategic discipline, you’ll find yourself wondering where it went.

To do things how we want (mental freedom) requires strategic and artistic skills. If you have oodles of artistic talent, but no discipline to apply yourself and deal with criticism, you may find you’re merely someone who talks about writing, painting or sculpting. Likewise, even if you have incredible ideas, and a lot of support, you’ll find yourself falling short of your potential if you don’t develop your craft.

We can visualise the relationships between these practices and freedoms as follows:

This diagram represents the Free Creative lifestyle. The three primary-coloured circles (red, yellow and blue) represent the processes of honing your artistic, economic, and strategic skills. The three secondary-coloured overlaps between them (orange, green and purple) indicate the physical, temporal and mental freedoms which result from developing these skills in tandem.

To do not only what you want, but when you want, and how you want to, you’ll need all three kinds of freedom. Each of these freedoms represents a tension that needs resolving.

The Creative Freedom Model

This diagram represents the Free Creative lifestyle. The three primary-coloured circles (red, yellow and blue) represent the processes of honing your artistic, economic, and strategic skills. The three secondary-coloured overlaps between them (orange, green and purple) indicate the physical, temporal and mental freedoms which result from developing these skills.

To do not only what you want, but when you want, and how you want to, you’ll need all three kinds of freedom. Each of these freedoms represents a tension that needs resolving.

Discover how Creatementality can help you resolve these tensions.

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