As we are all aware, more than we would like to be sometimes, 2020 has been a rough year for everyone. From the COVID-19 spread, to lockdowns, to many heart-breaking humanitarian issues around the globe, it has been a challenging time to stay positive. I wanted to jump on here and spread some positive thinking along with some techniques on how to spread positivity/messages through design.
"The idea that creative expression can make a powerful contribution to the healing process has been embraced in many different cultures." - The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health: A Review of Current Literature
Being an artist, I am always advocating for people to be creators or enjoy art for themselves. However, it has also been proved that art is mentally beneficial for many reasons: increasing attention, strengthening focus, and inspires expression through feeling. It is a great way to find release!
I personally find it very relaxing and it has helped me learn so much about myself as an individual.
So, long story short... MAKE ART! Art has been apart of the human culture since we first walked the Earth, (aka it's obviously stuck around this long for some reason)! That being said, there are so many ways to do art: through music, painting, videos, dance, or like me, graphics.
“Art is a wound turned into light.” ~ Georges Braque
I want to encourage everyone to take the time to find a form of art that works for you, that makes you feel positive, peaceful, mindful and something that is also a platform where you can share your message for the world with others. Inspiring the world is what makes us go around. We have seen a lot of that the last few weeks and I think that is the most positive impact a person can have on the world. So make art! Make everything art and celebrate it!
If you are interested in learning more about how art can be a positive path to take and the benefits it can provide your mental health, check out these articles:
What are the health benefits of being creative
How Art Therapy Is Used to Help People Heal