With bricolage, you play with the materials at hand, even if they are old soggy paint-logged facial tissues.
‘These magical acts of creation are analogous to pulling a large amount of rabbit from a small amount of hat.’
says Stephen Nachmanovitch in ‘Free Play – the Power of Improvisation in Life and the Arts’. *
Remember a couple of
weeks back an Ancestor Boat was grabbed to play a part in a super-short animation? Why? Because it was there. And it turned out to spontaneously fulfil a purpose.
I’ve taken to making use of leftover paper tissues and serviettes.
I don’t mean tissues or serviettes smeared with human leakage – urgh.
The ones that you dab your watercolour paintbrush on, to clean between colours.
They can be rather beautiful, bricolage-ically speaking.
*Here’s another bricolage quote from ‘Free Play’.
‘…to a child’s imagination a twig is a man, a bridge, a telescope. This transmutation through creative vision is the actual, day-to-day realization of alchemy. In bricolage, we take the ordinary materials in our hands and turn them into new living matter – the “green gold” of the alchemists.’
Do you knowingly or unknowingly practise bricolage in your creative work?
Is this a fancy way of asking if you play?