Criticism and Creativity

Diva Dan and I have been talking lately about Criticism in having to deal with it. As a professional musician, it’s not uncommon for him to have his supporters and haters. Some people recent him for his abilities or willingness to explore beyond the norm of music and performance presentations, while others are just cozy in the traditional play what’s been played and don’t expand from it.

I recently had someone criticize me for my colour choices, yarn selections, ideas, patterns and more. Someone, to me, that should have been supportive and encouraging. I felt as if they urinated all over my work and ideas.

In society, we criticize others constantly. Some of it constructive but it’s so easier to destroy people with negative criticism. I’ve been taught in the world of business… “Don’t Criticize Without A Solution At The End Of It!” But many people love to feel better about themselves by taking down another person. I mentally visualize a pile of humans. With a person criticizing, making another fall onto the pile… so that person may climb higher… what people don’t realize is that’s it’s pretty lonely at the top of the pile if you have stomped on all the people along the way.

Some of the greatest artists and writers in history were viewed as crazy thinkers and people hated their work. But history would come to view these people as inventive and modern thinkers of their time. Even though at the time, they were the outcasts of society.

The criticism I received really winded me and really stole a shining light within me. I am actually upset with myself I let this person get to me the way they did. I am suddenly feeling unworthy of being at the Creativ Festival and such. I know this will pass but I know what I have to do to fix this… I have to end all communications with this person. WHY? Because the criticism was not constructive. Turning up their nose at my stuff and bitching about it after I had spent hours creating something unique… SO WHAT IF THE COLOURS DID GO WITH THEIR PERSONAL COLOUR PALLET? Be creative and look at the design. Colours and yarn choices are subjective to each individual. This criticism was tied to resentment and possibly jealousy making it resentful and ugly.

I was reading a blog this morning where someone defended themselves against people who like to criticize. This person’s blog is within the yarn world. I felt so much better reading that… why? Because I am not alone… the more popular you get, the more supporters but the more haters build too… Though supporters out number of the haters big time… it’s just the time people spend to hate.

Just remember in creativity, there is no right or wrong answers! Use your mind, push your limits, and express yourself!



About Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Mikey, owner of The Crochet Crowd Blog. I'm a 'hooker' at heart with the passion to crochet. I am from Ontario Canada and teach how to crochet online through YouTube Video Tutorials. From a simple idea and being at the right place and time in my life back in 2008, the concept of The Crochet Crowd was developed. I'm here to hook and share. Come follow my crochet journey and share yours with comments here and you are most welcome to share your creativity within our Facebook page.
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1 Response to Criticism and Creativity

  1. Pauline says:

    Aren’t critics wonderful? Nonconstructive criticism is more about the critic than it is about the one being criticized. I think we learn about ourselves from others criticisms, though–we learn how strong and powerful we really are. And we learn to rise above those petty criticisms. Yes, it hurts, a lot. We hurt because they have criticized something that is important to us–our person, our artistic accomplishments, our craft–and we learn that we are not the only people to be at the receiving end. As you said, Michael, there are piles of bodies and people will stop at nothing to ‘walk over their grandmother’s to get to the top’. The view at the top may seem breathtaking, but it actually stinks of the deaths of others.

    Part of criticism, I think, is gossip. People who criticize, I believe, also gossip. And the only difference between a gossip and murderer is this: the murderer can bury the bodies.

    You are a wonderful artist and crafts person, Michael. Continue on, and rise above those petty people. You are awesome.

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