I once thought of myself as a 'Jack of all trades, master of none.' That was until I stumbled upon a term that felt more like a revelation than a label: 'Multipotentialite.' Yes, it sounds like a mouthful, but it's a term that encapsulates the essence of those like me and you - those with a multitude of passions.
I realised that I wasn't dabbling aimlessly in different fields, but rather, I was a multipotentialite - an individual driven by diverse interests, and that’s a beautiful thing to be. I know that many of our cherished clients, those creative souls who grace our space, are multipotentialites themselves.
So, this piece is for you and for me. It's an exploration of what it means to be a multipotentialite, particularly on the colourful journey of finding your artistic style. I hope this provides some insights that will help you navigate your own unique path. As the famous Roman philosopher, Seneca, once said, "To be everywhere is to be nowhere." However, the concept of multipotentiality challenges this view. It invites us to explore everywhere, try everything, and see the richness of our diverse interests as a strength rather than a limitation.
So, what does this mean for those of us on an artistic journey?
How does a multipotentialite find their artistic style amidst their multitude of interests?
Before diving into its implications for the artistic style, let's understand what being a multipotentialite means. Multipotentialites, a term popularised by writer and artist Emilie Wapnick, are individuals with diverse interests, passions, and pursuits. They often enjoy learning new skills and engaging in different activities, rejecting the societal norm that insists we must choose one "thing" to specialise in for life.
According to her, multipotentialites have three superpowers: idea synthesis (combining two or more fields and creating something new at the intersection), rapid learning (multipotentialites are often comfortable at being beginners or "novices" and tend to be less fearful of trying new things and stepping out of their comfort zones), and adaptability (the ability to morph into whatever they need to be in any given situation).
Multipotentiality and Artistic Style
Multipotentialites might find the journey to discovering their artistic style to be a mosaic of experiences - each passion or interest adding a unique piece to the puzzle. Here are a few ways to navigate this path:
Experiment Freely: As a multipotentialite, you're not tied down to one medium, technique, or subject. Use this to your advantage. Paint, sketch, create digital art, sculpture - the more you try, the broader your palette of skills and styles will become.
Interconnect Your Interests: Use your multipotentiality to synthesise unique styles or themes. For example, if you're interested in technology and painting, could you create a style that combines the two? The intersections of your interests could be where your unique style lies.
Embrace the Journey: Finding an artistic style is a process, not an endpoint. As a multipotentialite, you might find that your style evolves more frequently than others. This is a strength, not a weakness. Your evolving style can keep your work fresh and innovative.
Practice Regularly: Regardless of how many interests you have, regular practice is key to skill development. Set aside dedicated time for your art. This consistent practice will help you see patterns, preferences, and recurrent themes in your work, eventually leading you towards your unique style.
Authenticity is Key: The world of art thrives on authenticity. As a multipotentialite, your myriad interests and experiences equip you with a unique perspective. Allow this authenticity to shine through in your art.
Multipotentiality: A Superpower
Being a multipotentialite artist is not about juggling multiple styles or jumping from one medium to another aimlessly. It's about exploring, learning, synthesising, and evolving. So, if you're a multipotentialite, remember - your diverse interests and the ability to adapt are not limitations. They're your superpowers, your secret ingredients for an artistic style that's uniquely yours.
Your journey to find your artistic style may look different from others. And that's perfectly okay. The beauty of art lies in its diversity, and your unique path adds to that richness.
My Multipotentialite Journey
Interestingly, my journey as a multipotentialite also led to the creation of our beloved product, Ecrylimer. It is the amalgamation of various skills, experiences, and knowledge that I've gathered over time. Without my multifaceted journey, Ecrylimer might never have come into being.
For me, Ecrylimer is not just a casting compound; it's a limitless canvas for creativity. It embodies the spirit of multipotentiality, allowing for endless exploration and pushing of boundaries. I'm constantly discovering new ways to use it and continuously amazed at the diversity and depth of its potential.
But what truly brings joy to my heart is seeing all of you embrace it in your own artistic journeys. The variety of art and craft you create using Ecrylimer is a testament to your own multipotentialite spirits.
So, to all my fellow multipotentialites out there, keep experimenting, keep discovering, and above all, keep creating. Remember, our breadth of interests is not a limitation, but a superpower that fuels our creative flames. Don't ever stop stoking those fires!
If you would like to listen to the Ted Talk by Emily this is the link Gabbi xx
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