Natalie Smithson working out loud

Working out loud

Falling headlong into writing years ago, I’d sling out wanton writing and off-the-cuff creation, unconcerned with exactly where it was all taking me, and I miss that. Life was more free then.

Working out loud unearths my creative freedom. This idea for an exhibition experience is forcing its way out and I need some space and time to express it, and enjoy the process too.

I don’t want to wait until I’m ready to push this project out into the world to reveal what it is. I don’t even know myself yet exactly what it’ll be, other than a relief. That’s the most exciting part, because it’s such an enormous pleasure to watch a creative piece unfold.

Every creative endeavour is unique, unleashed from the inside of someone’s brain.

Take Luke Jerram’s Sky Orchestra. He wanted to “play music from hot air balloons and fly over cities to affect people’s dreams” ― how amazing is that? Music was developed “specifically for sleeping people… delivered at dawn from out of the sky.” Ten thousand people might see those balloons in the sky, but only Luke Jerram describes them like that.

Luke Jerram's Sky Orchestra
Luke Jerram’s Sky Orchestra

Or Claudia Bueno’s PULSE. “A tribute to life,” inspired by her trips to Yellowstone National Park and the mountains, she painted patterns onto panels using light to create movement. The result is visually stunning, but seeing how she got there? So special. It gives courage to others and life to their own hopes and dreams.

Claudia Bueno’s PULSE

We don’t go on a straight path to creation, and that’s the part that captures my imagination.

  • I want to be able to look back and see how far I’ve come
  • I want to be accountable for making this exhibition happen
  • I want to leave this legacy for my children because, in truth, it’s all for them ❤️

So I’m working out loud, free of my own judgement about what’s possible and what’s not.

I plan to write like nobody’s reading, and create like I’ve never been pulled apart.

Main image: Midjourney AI

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