For generations, many have felt that the brain of an creative person was better (memory, creativity, communication skills, etc.) than a non-creative person.  You have probably seen this artwork before, but I wanted to share it today, as well as get us all thinking about our creative brains.

quilters brain patchwork

I’ve personally witnessed designers design and I’m convinced they have fireworks going off in their brain when they create.  I’m convinced that Creative Souls, not just musicians, have amazing brains (far better than mine).  So when I came across this Youtube video about the brain of a musician, I knew I wanted to share it with you today.

What do you think?  Would we  get similar results if such a study was performed on creative individuals, who might be quilters, embroidering enthusiasts, sewing enthusiasts, jewelry designers, painters, or any form of #CreativeGoodness?  Watch it and let me know what you think.

CNN also shared an interesting article “This is your brain on crafting” that shows evidence that creative activities may protect against aging, be a natural anti-depressant, and offer similar effects as meditation.

Personally, I’m convinced your brain is firing on my pistons than the non-creative brain.   I hope you’ll consider leaving a comment to share insights about your creative brain.  Maybe ideas for how you fuel it, re-energize it, or even your observations on others with creative brains.   Of course, I also want to encouraging sharing of ideas for how we inspire future generations with creative brains.  So please share your thoughts on this topic.

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7 comments on “The Brain of a Creative Person”

  1. I do think that I feel energized when I’m being creative, so maybe it’s because my brain is more energized. I’m normally a “task oriented” person, but when I’m being creative I get much more random. Interesting!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I was just listening to Peter Frampton’s “Do you Feel” and his talking guitar, I was telling Vance how amazing that song is and what a very creative person and brain it takes to create something like that. I mentioned Micheal Jackson as well and how talented he was, it is beyond me but I am truly impressed.

  3. I daren’t go into my sewing room at night. The stimulation and ideas get the wheels turning in my brain and then I can’t sleep! And it’s very difficult to lay there till morning when I can finally get up and sew. I work full-time, otherwise, I would just get up and sew!

  4. I’ve seen both these images and articles. I think an active brain – no matter what the activity – makes for a healthier person both mind and body.

  5. Very interesting, as I watched the video I was thinking you could take out the “musician” and replace it with so many other creative pursuits, as quilters and designers we see patterns all around us and break them down to make something beautiful, even seeing an existing quilt block can set my brain on fire as I mentally take it apart to see how it’s made and possibly change it to fit my style more. The emotional impact is there too and let’s not even get into the math needed (those darn 1/4 inches kill me every time).
    But, the video says this only works for musicians, I credit that to the power of music itself, it can take us to long ago memories, trigger emotions and Mozart is believed to improve the brain.
    We may not all be musicians, but I believe our creativity has to do a lot of what they discussed.
    I guess you set my brain on fire with that video, LOL.

  6. I believe playing music is different from creativity. The auditory component adds an additional layer of cognitive processing that is unique. But I think creative minds are able to organize information in ways that are not usual: they can see potential when most of us cannot. As far as quilting creativity goes, I know I’m there when I have that happy and excited feeling when the quilt design, fabric and colors are all coming into place. I really like the CNN article’s description of flow. I love being in “the zone”, when I’m actually making the quilt and time stands still. For me it is utterly relaxing and brings a deep contentment. And while I love time in my sewing room, I find some of the deepest satisfaction at quilt retreats and classes. If the group is right it becomes a safe space for sharing and learning, opening up those possibilities not seen before. I think these kind of experiences are essential to develop a creative quilting brain and to inspire future quilters.

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