Imagine this. A Tuesday afternoon in OISE Bristol. Untypically for a language school, all the dictionaries and exercise books have been stowed away. As a change of pace from the usual intensive tutoring, there is a flurry of creativity. A wave of euphoria passes between the scholars as they sit in groups creating exquisite pieces of jewellery for the first time. Kim Thomson, the leader of this particular session, passes among them, helping them produce creations that inspire pride and a tangible sense of achievement.
It’s a unique type of class of the sort delivered by Kim Thomson Creative Workshops designed to facilitate a different kind of confidence; the confidence to build objects with one’s hands, to create without having the barriers of expectation, to ponder what one could say about their own individuality with an entirely new set of materials.
Fact: You're allowed to be messy if you're being creative.
Freeform creative expression builds comfort with expressing true personality without any of the perceived judgement that can arise at work or whilst studying. There’s nothing quite like the thrill of producing something that you can be proud of, and that sense of achievement carries easily over to the next challenge you face.
Kim arrived with a portable oven, a treasure-trove of coloured pens and equipment and a great deal of enthusiasm. The mission was simple: create jewellery from pieces of plastic and the colouring pens. There were all kinds of imaginative designs; graffiti tags, revamped national flags, tributes to adopted football teams and impressively detailed symbolic images.
Next came the most surprising part of the process: the designs were cooked in the oven, shrinking them to a seventh of their size. Once done, the plastic could be inserted into a necklace or a mount. Fascinated, some scholars took to making even more designs. And why not?
Being creative is an excellent way to refresh the mind and re-energize the brain. The scholars at OISE Bristol took a lot away from their session with Kim. And some of it, they were wearing as part of their outfits.
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Written by Sam Kearns, Community Manager.