August 21, 2012

Thoughts About Creativity

"Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is nonexistent." 
- Jim Jarmusch
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  1. Love this SO much!

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  2. This is the first time that I've visited your blog, and although I was hesitant to delve deeper at first (i'm on my netbook, not desktop, so the small screen made browsing pretty lousy), i'm glad I did, and have been reading back on posts...


    Also, that quote is pretty much how I live my life - consuming inspiration from everywhere and anywhere.

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  3. Did this speak to you? Because I thought you had an issue with someone copying your work/style a while back. I could be wrong. Plagiarism is never okay, archetypes exempted.


    Apparently, Jarmusch has never been to 4chan.

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  4. I love this. The first few times I read it, I wasn't a huge fan. But then I got it. Or at least I think I have it. Haha!

    The way I interpret this, it's not really about "stealing" in the traditional sense. Most writers aren't thrilled when someone steals from them, but they are often flattered when someone says they are inspired by their work. So to me, this is more about inspiration.

    And it's just a guess, but I have a feeling Jim would cite the sources of his inspiration, if said inspiration was say ... another writer, rather than a bridge or a cloud.

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  5. Hi there and thanks for your comment! You absolutely stand correct - I do have a major issue when someone right-clicks my work, copy and pastes my words or creates a carbon copy of a design that took me hours to create. This quote did speak to me and I chose to share it simply because, as the quote explains - nothing is original. It sounds like an oxymoron really, but the fact of the matter is that many of my blog posts have been inspired by someone else's work. Or a song lyric. Or a quote. Or the sunset. Or a conversation I overheard at the grocery store. Nothing that I create or publish here is stolen content, but I can promise you that it was influenced by something that spoke directly to me - something that made me want to take the idea and turn it into my own. I hoped that in sharing the quote it would make other people think before publishing a blog post or creating a piece of art. I 100% agree with you - plagiarism is NEVER, ever okay...I think you misunderstood what I meant in publishing the quote. You might want to check out one of my favorite bloggers/artists who covered the topic of copying and plagiarism in great length on her blog, it sounds like something that would be of interest to you: www.madebygirl.blogspot.com/2010/06/copying-other-peoples-work.html

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  6. Love this SO much!

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