I have been resisting Pinterest. Not for any particularly good reason, I just couldn't see the point, until finally something clicked. I was talking to a friend who uses it and she described her embarrassment about the fact that it just makes her blissfully happy seeing collections of amazing pictures. I could immediately relate to that sentiment.
Beautiful images are one thing - if you follow me on facebook you'll be inflicted with my discoveries of beautiful eco friendly houses, weird pod-like furniture to nap in and exotic swimming pools - but for me the bliss comes from connecting with rampant creativity. In particular I love seeing artwork created by people who see the world in the most incredibly unique way.
- mind blowing shadow art;
- large scale portraits created by chipping plaster off derelict buildings;
- street art that climbs off the walls towards you;
- artists who create huge paintings using their fingers instead of brushes (forget everything you thought you knew about finger painting);
- portraits made with a single sewing thread wrapped through nails; or
- a skateboard movie that is beautiful and haunting.
Sure there's a time wasting element to exploring all of these and sites like Pinterest, but being exposed to such creativity is also a powerful and empowering thing.
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