I have been holding onto this blog post for a while because I thought it was a great example about how creativity works and how people can adapt or not adapt to it. I like this article for two reasons. The first is about letting go to the end product at some point. I personally deal with a lot of situations where my years of experience and thought put into designing a piece is easily undone by the client making suggestions either to make it more to their taste or to what they see as looking better. Don’t get me wrong I fully understand that they are paying to have the piece created and they have the final say as to what is produced, but when you remove or change elements the have purpose it can eventually destroy the overall purpose of the created piece. Over the years I have been able to adopt a spirit of letting go. I will do my best to create a piece but I know at some point I need to let it go, it is no longer mine, unlike Stravinsky attitude toward his piece.
The second reason I like this article is for the exact opposite of that. I love when I create a piece or start to create a piece and am able to hand it off to a designer and see the end product after they put their twist onto the design. So many things can happen when a design is shared by two creative minds. They see things differently than I do and they are able to take what I started and add another level of creativity to it. Similar to what Glass was able to do in this article, giving a piece that you started or created to someone else, it turns into their piece, their interpretation of what you started. I think that is a great way to look at things. And I love seeing the outcome. It’s similar to helping students in the classroom as well.
As a side note, I mention items where I have control over the design. I don’t in anyway suggest stealing someone else’s work and making it your own.