What would you create if given a blank canvas, specific materials of various forms, and told not to use a paintbrush? That is exactly what board members of IIDA Carolinas were challenged with at their annual retreat hosted at the Milliken Athenaeum.
Parameters were simple, yet stringent enough to require creativity and a unique perspective.
Participants had 1.5 hours to use:
1. A 12" x 12" blank canvas, signed and time stamped prior to the activity
2. A pencil and pencil sharpener, which must be incorporated in the artwork
3. A sharpie
4. Various materials laid out on tables, including yarns used to construct carpet, magazines, leafs, paints, resins, hardware, buttons, glue, and more.
5. Methods of application other than a paintbrush
The resulting pieces of art are a true illustration of the creativity that abounds in the architecture and design industry. When faced with design challenges, designers continually find inspiration to create unique interior environments.
Creative activities like this help exercise the imagination, so there is never a lack of fresh perspectives when approaching design.
How do you exercise your imagination? We would love to know.
The artwork created by IIDA Carolinas board members will hang in the Milliken dining commons at our international headquarters in Spartanburg, South Carolina.