Each month, Miranda van den Heuvel talks to creative people in Luxembourg and says “look, Luxembourg is creative! Here’s how and where!” First off is artist Sonja Soyer.
Coming up with original ideas in problem solving or during the art creation process. That can be in sciences, mathematics, composing, painting, any solution-oriented process really.
2. How are you creative?
I am an artist and a private art teacher. Choosing different or new perspectives in my work, shifting the vision of things the viewer seems to know but has probably never seen like this before, I aim to open eyes for the familiar and the mysterious.
That is also quite literally true for my art classes for children and adults, where I try to remove blinkers and encourage my students to take a wider view and become more daring in their artistic expression.
3. Suggest a simple creative activity that anyone could do.
Simply do little acts that break your routine! Choose a different way to work, try something new that you have never done before but possibly something you always wanted to do. Choose a different way to look at a problem and even try it physically. You will be surprised at the outcome!
4. What are your top 3 websites for creative inspiration?
www.soulpancake.com especially the “Activities” section, because you can find mind shifting questions. Also great for discussions with your children
www.ted.com because the wide view of the world and subjects inspires me!
www.pinterest.com because it satisfies my appetite for visual stimulation. My spending on magazines has dropped significantly since I started my boards!
5. What are your 3 tips to become more creative in Luxembourg?
I love to go to the MUDAM, because I love the light in there and almost always find something that inspires me to think.
Come to my art classes (picture). I have created a set of classes in which I use blinker removing creative exercises and introduce small creative habits that are easy to integrate and that will surely bring a creative shift to your daily life!
6. What’s your suggestion to make Luxembourg a more creative, innovative place?
There are plenty of small initiatives in and around town, my dream would be to bring them together once in a while – over a weekend or a day – where they can meet, show case, find common ground, inspire each other and even in conferences brainstorm solutions this city needs. I am convinced it would be amazing!
7. Who in Luxembourg should we interview next?
Shlomit Butbul and her husband Paul Glaesener, who have created with Café l’Inouï and its side projects a place for creativity to blossom, off the beaten track!
8. Anything you’d like to add?
“You have the potential to make beautiful things! Yes, You!” – found on Pinterest
–Sonja Soyer interviewed by Miranda van den Heuvel, March 2013.