Creativity vs Full Time Work

By Maria Orellana

After months cheekily evading writting a blog with the excuse of having too much work, I have finally been coerced into stepping up to the task (either that or no coffee for me this afternoon) And even though it IS true that I have plenty of work to do (I am, of course, a highly motivated hard working graduate after all) what has actually been keeping me away from blogging is my fear of 'a lack of creativity'.

After all creativity and architecture go hand in hand, its demanded of us to be inspired problem solvers with the capacity to think outside the box.

I guess it's a fear harboured by all graduates that are working full time. After hours spent doing council checklists, site minutes and joinery drawings you sometimes forget that what makes your career unique and interesting is the element of creativity. That sudden flow of ideas that keep our minds focus on our university design projects (even after a couple of beers at the pub, or only a few hours sleep) can feel like it has been buried under a layer of documentation standards and BCA requirements. By the time you are asked to demonstrate what you are capable of as a designer you find yourself some how out of shape, you question your ability and end up delegating the task and running to your favourite hiding spot (Joinery!).   

Well, is time to stop this, there is really no excuse to stop exercising your creative muscles! Bring on the outdoor sketching, weekend projects and DIYs. After all who could be better qualified to fix a motorbike or put together an IKEA wardrobe than a highly motivated hard working graduate!

And for all of you out there struggling to Create! Here is a bit a writing that inspired me through out my degree.


I would rather be ashes than dust!
I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot.
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.

-Jack London's Credo

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