Wednesday, November 18, 2015

New book on creativity - an exclusive look!

I have just had the extraordinary honour of getting a first look at Jackie Case's book on creativity Flying Penguins which is currently only available through her Pozible campaign.

Flying Penguins by Jackie Case

I have met Jackie only a few times but her warmth, humour and generosity as an artist shines through in this book, as it does in real life.

Jackie Case first built up her reputation and skills through exhibiting in local Melbourne cafes and is now represented internationally by The Rebecca Hossack Gallery. She's since had sell-out shows at various Art Fairs, a solo exhibition in New York, as well as exhibitions in many other cities around the world.

So it's a real privilege to have an established, international artist share their secrets of creativity in print.

Jackie gives us some of her own story and background (she started out as a graphic designer) before launching into her fascinating approach to generating ideas.

But the book is not just theory - it's a practical guide to working out what you want to make, how you want to make it and where you want your creation to appear. There are questions and exercises. It's very hands-on. Scissors are involved!

Excerpt from Flying Penguins by Jackie Case

Without giving too much away about her method, I will say when I read about it I instinctively felt that it would work for anyone - not just visual artists but anyone wanting to be more creative and make stuff.

Her approach gives insight into the very real way that creative people work (whether they know it or not) by making unusual and unique connections between ideas.

One of the best things about this book is its accessibility. Jackie uses her natural humour throughout and I actually found myself laughing out loud.

Image source: http://www.pozible.com/project/202109

There are also a very generous number of the beautiful, delicate and endearingly quirky pencil drawings for which she is renowned - that alone makes the book worth getting!

The Pozible campaign Flying Penguins ends on 10 December 2015 and is currently the only way to get a hold of the book. The campaign has already reached its target (just 24 hours after launching) so it will definitely be published. The rewards available for backing this are fabulous - including a limited number of signed books (which is what I chose!).

This book is great for anyone just getting started in any creative endeavour but also a refreshing tool for those more established in their field. If you're at all creatively-minded then I recommend taking a look!