Finding Your Voice Repeatedly

by Liisa Kyle, Ph.D. on 07/01/2015

How well do you know your own creative voice?  How does it manifest through different talents or media?  One of the many cool things about being a DaVinci — a multi-talented person — is that often, we have a distinctive way of expressing ourselves, regardless of what we’re doing.

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Copper vessel by Liisa Kyle. (c) Liisa Kyle. Photo by Michael Dale Bernard

I made this hand-hammered copper vase in an art class.  As soon as she saw it, a fellow student exclaimed, “Oh! Now I remember you. I was in your ceramics class a few years ago.”  She didn’t recognize or remember me as a person…but she could identify me from the things I made. Apparently, the same voice came through in different media — in this case, clay and copper.

 

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Ceramic vessel by Liisa Kyle. (c) Liisa Kyle.

It doesn’t seem to matter what I make, it looks like I made it. Here’s a recent necklace I concocted:

Necklace by Liisa Kyle. (c) Liisa Kyle.

Necklace by Liisa Kyle. (c) Liisa Kyle.

 

Here’s what happens when I turn to textiles:

Tapestry by Liisa Kyle. (c) Liisa Kyle

Tapestry by Liisa Kyle. (c) Liisa Kyle

Or make something in glass:

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Fused glass panel by Liisa Kyle. (c) Liisa Kyle.

It might not surprise you, then, that when I started learning how to weld, this is very first thing I made:

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Forged, welded steel box by Liisa Kyle. (c) Liisa Kyle.

 

What about you? How does your unique creative voice manifest?

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Activity: How do other people describe your work? What words do they use?

Activity: Pull out some projects you’ve made. It doesn’t matter if they are screenplays or business deals or songs or anything else. What patterns do you notice? What commonalities?

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Once you have a sense of your unique creative voice, it’s really fun to play in new media. For one thing, you never know what will unfold — it’s intrinsically interesting and inspiring.  For another, you get to learn new skills and techniques.  This allows you to expand your creative repertoire — and is also likely to give you new ideas and tools to apply to the media you’ve already been using. For example, when I was unhappy with the bland, symmetrical shape of the copper vessel I was making, I created more pleasing shapes and adornments — much more reminiscent of my pottery.

At the same time, you can bring your existing skills and tools to the newer format. For example, when I started fusing glass, it was natural to incorporate metal elements into the new pieces using the tools and techniques I already had.

Whatever your talents, I encourage you to explore your unique, creative voice in new situations and/or media. It’s fun. It’s inspiring. It will enhance and expand your existing skills. It will generate fresh ideas. It can help you overcome creative blocks. It will help you be more creative. Try it and see.

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Activity: Try something new. It might be a new talent or applying your existing skills to new media. See what happens.

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