Janet Echelman: Taking imagination seriously
This TED talk encompasses a beautiful story of creativity, ingenuity and beauty. The artist Janet Echelman had found herself in a jam where she went to a foreign place and her paints, the materials she was most accustomed to, did not make it in shipping. In a fishing village, she became inspired by her environment and used fishing net to create vast ephemeral sculptures that undulated in the breeze. She took her idea further than abstract scupture. Through engineering and science, she infused her designs with information and meaning. There are a million stories like this one where a challenge gives way to a triumph of the expected. When we challenge ourselves to do something we haven’t tried before, we stretch and grow and innovate. The moral of the story is to take what you can from where you are and weave it into something beautiful, something meaningful, something that inspires you.