Jun 25, 2015

Creative Appetite Post: Lessons from the World of Music for Artists and Writers

Virginia Firnberg is a woman on an unusual mission; a mission to mix up the worlds of the word, the picture and the sound. As a sensory freelancer I was most intrigued by the concept of her new workshops and so made a beeline for this particular workshop.

Virginia getting into the flow of the music
With a background in music, Virginia realised there was much that could be learned from the art of composition that relates to other artistic fields. As a writer and an art dabbler, I was really looking forward to getting stuck in.

Inventive signposting led me to the community centre and a room with a really interesting mix of people from stone carvers to art therapists, journalists and ceramicists.

It was a taster for Virgina’s new selection of classes starting in July. During our evening we learned about motifs: regularly occurring aspects in music such as the “dun dun dun daaa” in Beethoven’s 5th symphony. We played around with our own motifs in our own work which proved to be most enlightening. I liked seeing the links between different disciplines. Virginia handled the technical glitch of the projector not working, well and was on hand to lend friendly advice. We fed back as a group on  our work and a large part of what I got out of the evening was seeing other people’s interpretations and discussing.

Here are a few pieces with the kind permission of their creators:

Marcia – an inventive piece of writing based on “getting started” as the motif:
"It started like a drop of water softly padding into hard ground. Each plonk making more of an indent till the solidness gave way, gently creating a softer receptacle willing to accept the inevitability of the landing.

It started like a murmur – low and hesitant, growing into a hum as it gained momentum, insistent upon being heard, till its roar could no longer be contained, nor hushed.

It started as most things – one day it appeared. One day it was just ... there. One day it existed.

For her, it started as an idea of life, of a different life that, while still her, was making indentations in a hard ground. While still her, was raising a roar. While still her, was insisting upon existing.

It started. She had started. Her journey unmapped, her destination unclear. Yet, she had started."
Stone carving from Teresa – the letter A

Motifs based on Penny Gunn's journey to the venue including running and waiting at the bus stop:

A sailing ship converted to a comic strip from Phoebe Swan, an illustrator.

My piece – the artwork that links to the paper cutting I had just come from:
My first piece of work with freedom and bursting as the motifs

Exploring the motif of freedom and bursting jagged edges visually

My poem that came from the motif of freedom:

Bursting power
passion & vigour.
Freedom to be expansive.
All encompassing
Opportunities abound as
freedom takes hold.
Unleashed, unbridled,
untethered, unbound.
Freedom of fields,
freedom from foe,
freedom from feeling of
capture and woe.
freedom from convention
freedom from fear and freedom from...
finishing the sentences
with neat little points
Freedom to express
and delight, giggle
and take flight.
Freedom is bliss
And freedom is light.

Wavy Line’s classes are on 4th and 11th July. Contact Virginia if interested. I look forward to seeing what the next topic will be.

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