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Rotorua Weekender - 2021-11-26

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An inquisitive mind is a really important thing to hang on to . . .

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Helen English Helen English is a local artist and arts tutor.

After listening to a pre-schooler's take on life this week, I got to thinking about how we change our communication as we grow. At 3 or 4 years old we are full of questions. Why? How? When? A constant barrage, and really important to respond with an answer or an invitation to find out. Somewhere we can lose the motivation to ask questions, but an inquisitive mind is a really important thing to hang on to or reignite. It is the seed of creative thinking, and how we experiment with ideas. By creativity and creative thinking, I don't just mean visual art. Creativity can be writing, sewing, music, dance, acting, and anything else that we put our minds to in the spirit of inventing ideas. Curiosity is how we can find our own voice in creativity. Generally, when we begin to learn a new skill we grow by understanding the process and practising the elements. Repetition is great for learning but, for me, it is also a source of increasing boredom which takes me into more creative waters, and that's where I think that you develop a personal signature on your work. How can I do that better or more quickly? What would improve that feature? Sometimes being given new limits by someone else will alter your way of working and create new ideas. This weekend, the 200 Show opens at The Arts Village and this is a wonderful place to see how a lot of different people have figured out personal ideas within the boundaries of 200mm. You can find a work of art to take home, as well as being creatively motivated by a whole lot more. I can't wait! ■

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