Any creative process is a dance between the inner and the outer; the unconscious and conscious mind; dreaming and doing; madness and method; solitary reflection and active collaboration.

Here are some of our favourite words, reads and podcasts to listen to by whose art we admire greatly! All on a subject which we will forever remain fascinated with; The creative process.

Books on Process
the kinfolk Entrepreneur

“I need to love my client, and for them to love me as well, great partnerships are knitted together through a mutually liberal and trusting spirit. Selectivity means you work with people who give you more freedom, who give you the opportunity to develop extraordinary things.”

Joseph Dirand

Big Magic

“I believe that our planet is inhabited not only by animals and plants and bacteria and viruses, but also by ideas. Ideas are a disembodied, energetic life-form. They are completely separate from us, but capable of interacting with us—albeit strangely. Ideas have no material body, but they do have consciousness, and they most certainly have will. Ideas are driven by a single impulse: to be made manifest. And the only way an idea can be made manifest in our world is through collaboration with a human partner. It is only through a human’s efforts that an idea can be escorted out of the ether and into the realm of the actual.”

Elizabeth Gilbert

The ways of seeing

“The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled. Each evening we see the sun set. We know that the earth is turning away from it. Yet the knowledge, the explanation, never quite fits the sight.”

John Berger

It’s Not How Good You Are, Its How Good You Want To Be

“Be your own worst critic. When things go wrong it’s tempting to shift the blame. Don’t. Accept responsibility. People will appreciate it, and you will find out what you’re capable of.”

Paul Arden

Quotes on process

“Your art is to be the praise of something that you love. It may only be the praise of a shell or a stone.”

— John Ruskin

“The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them..”

Elizabeth Gilbert

“First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won’t. Habit is persistence in practice.”

― Octavia Butler,

“I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.”


“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”

― Jim Jarmusch

“One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche
Podcasts on Process


Private views- Made Thought

Gwyneth x Elizabeth Gilbert – Can creating something small heal something big?


Happy Place – With Daisy May Cooper

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