Miranda van den Heuvel talks to creative people in Luxembourg and says “look, Luxembourg is creative! Here’s how and where!” The March talk is with Linda Dieschourg of Kinlake and Orla Collective.
1. What is CREATIVITY?
Creativity is so vast. I believe it can represent a whole lifestyle, but it can also represent the way we respond to certain things in life. It’s not about being an “artist”, it’s about the way we choose to do tasks, and how we canalise our energy. It’s characterized by following your intuition rather than following rules. Creative people tend not to like to do the same thing twice, and are open to change. Creativity starts with curiosity. By being curious, we are more likely to try doing things differently, or to create something, and we recognize the possibilities are infinite. It’s like a giant playground where we connect with ourselves and others.
2. How are you creative?
Together with my partner, I own a creative business called Kinlake, and we proudly like to say that “we’re not fond of labels”. Both of us have always been looking for creativity in every direction, because we’ve always been cultivating curiosity in just about anything that has crossed our paths. David has been into music, photography, videography. I have been into illustration, art, lettering, writing. Together, we complete each other, and we’re into graphic design, DIY, and we love to create delicious recipes (since we became vegetarian, our kitchen is our ultimate creative lab). We offer all sorts of creative projects with a meaning to our clients, which tend to be inspiring start-ups and new business owners.
We also have a huge community side project called Orla Collective which is an online magazine & local community about mindful living, and also a huge creative and social playground for us. Along with our contributors, we write, photograph, and illustrate articles, we organize workshops, create yummy vegetarian food we sometimes like to sell to promote a healthier lifestyle, and we have an infinite to-do list of even more things we’d like to do and try. It’s amazingly liberating not to have to label yourself as an “artist”, a “cook”, a “writer”, a “designer”, but rather just as a creative person who likes to experiment.
3. Suggest a simple creative activity to our readers that can make them more creative
One of the most useful pieces of advice I’ve ever heard and one that has changed my life because of its amazing ways to trigger creativity, is to not be afraid to do things differently and getting out of your comfort zone. It can be so simple: taking an unknown path to go to your workplace, trying a kind of cuisine you’ve never tasted before, talking to a stranger, exploring your neighborhood and capturing the beauty in little things that surround you. Creativity is not necessarily about finding a creative activity, but rather about cultivating this inner creative fire of curiosity. The rest will naturally come after.
4. What are your top 3 websites for creative inspiration?
www.pinterest.com – my ultimate tool for gathering inspiration for just about anything. Cooking, DIY, design, illustration, photography, interiors… I have a massive amount of Pinterest boards I like to keep updated. I also use it quite a lot to share creative ideas with our clients.
http://thefreshexchangeblog.com/ – this lovely couple has definitely understood what it means to cultivate creativity. Their blog serves as their creative playground while also being their personal diary, full of beautiful and inspiring photos, lifestyle and creative inspiration
http://www.cocorrina.com/ – this girl (who’s Greek like me) is the ultimate example of creative experimenting. She is a designer, and uses her blog to express herself while also using those opportunities to be creative and make beautiful designs for her blog posts.
5. What are your 3 tips to become more creative in Luxembourg?
As mentioned before, it’s about cultivating this curiosity. You need to get out, that’s for sure. I love oxygenating – long walks in the forest when I’m on my own or with David – as there’s a lot of inspiration in nature. We also love to attend inspiring events. We’re not into exhibitions, as we crave the social part more. I think meeting new people is crucial, every person has a story that can inspire you. We love creative and community gatherings such as workshops or collective exhibitions which tend to be less uptight and more fun. It’s important to surround yourself with people who can potentially inspire you, and not be afraid to talk and exchange with them. We’re big fans of exchanging and co-working. Inspiration flows better when you share it with other people, and it’s a win-win situation!
6. What’s your suggestion to make Luxembourg a more creative, innovative place?
Offer more “open” creative spaces for people to gather, meet, exchange, and to organize workshops and activities. I am a firm believer in social creativity and supporting each other, but there needs to be more places, more “hubs” for creativity. I already know about “the Impactory” and such places, but those tend to be more linked to people with a business plan (entrepreneurs) and who have a membership. We need places where everyone can feel welcome – makers, crafters, dreamers. If possible, at no cost – creative socializing should be free and open to everyone.
7. Anything you’d like to add?
“Don’t quit your daydreams”. – our ultimate motto along with “cultivate curiosity”. We have an article about it on our blog, where we provide a lovely hand drawn version of it as a free desktop background or poster:
Linda Dieschourg, interviewed by Miranda van den Heuvel, March 2015