Yesterday we started a new company call MakeZero to encourage people to be more creative through making things. The first thing I thought of making the next day… is this blog.
So it’s not a physical thing I’m making and there’s no 3D Printing involved, but making always starts from something formless, like an idea or a nudge to improve something that you have neglected. For me, it’s this blog that I had wanted to journal the things that I’ve learned and experienced as a technologist, entrepreneur, father and maker.
To be honest, I wasn’t comfortable using the term “maker” on myself in the beginning as I’ve known the one true Maker of everything way before the term was coined, but we are all made in His image, and children always follows after their parent right? And as a poor attempt of a segue into introducing my first book to the two of you reading my blog, check out The Mind Of The Maker by Dorothy L Sayers
In this book, Dorothy reminds us that God was firstmost introduced in the Bible as a Maker, and it is with reference to this characteristic of God that the phrase “made in His image” is referring to. To put it in her own words ‘The characteristic common to God and man,’ she says, is ‘the desire and ability to make things.’
Wow. That was the response I had when I first read that in a Times bookshop many years ago where I bought the book.
Dorothy then goes on to share how the concept of the Trinity resembles the components that makes creativity happens. And to explain that and the rest of the book, I’m going to copy two paragraphs from an Amazon reviewer Tom Simon says about the book:
“The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit correspond to what Sayers calls the Idea, Energy, and Power. For a writer, the Idea is the book as he first imagines it; the Energy is the book as actually written; the Power is the impression it makes in the mind of each reader. The analogy applies equally well to all art forms. Sayers makes the Trinity seem as plain and familiar as a conversation. If you ever knew what you wanted to say but couldn’t find the words, you felt the difference between the Father and the Son. If someone took your words to mean something you never intended, you felt the distance between the Son and the Spirit. Critics may say the Trinity is not real, but they can never again call it incomprehensible.
The rest of the book concentrates on the purely human maker. The longest chapter, ‘Scalene Trinities’, discusses the ways that the creative imagination can go wrong, and classifies them as failures of the Idea, the Energy, or the Power. I find this the most useful part of the book. Whatever kind of work we do, we find it all too easy to become obsessed with technical details (the Energy). We almost forget that we are trying to express an Idea, and so our work loses the Power to benefit other people. We need to be fully aware of all three parts of the process.”
So yeah, I’ve made this into a more theological post than I intended, but Dorothy L. Sayers (13 Jun 1893 – 17 Dec 1957) was not clergy but a copywriter at an advertising agency who worked on advertisements for Guinness & other brands. Her father was a pastor no doubt, but the book is written more from a perspective of human creativity than theology.
For me, this is a book that provides answers to why we make things and why it gives us so much enjoyment and satisfaction when things are made. There is something more than just ideas or energy floating around in and around us. When we start to exercise our creativity and make something, there is power.