Each time I am involved I make a new introduction to go with the stories I will be telling that year. In previous years I have done a montage of my drawings from age three up to the present day and a picture story about a trip I made to America when I was two (the image on the banner above comes from that)...
This year I talked about the moment, about a year into working full time as a story maker, when I realised that all my ideas had dried up.
Here is an abridged version of it:
...What I came to understand was that creativity is a reflex, a response to something outside of ourselves and not an internal process at all. I wasn't having any more ideas because my life now centered entirely around filling up blank pieces of paper. Each day I would be confronted with a new blank page. It was gradually sucking all the stuff out of my brain until there was practically nothing left!
So instead of starting with nothing I tried starting with something. I started with a dot.
Lo and behold, I started thinking of things. Not terribly exciting things, I'll admit, but things nonetheless.
Now I had some material. I tried putting them together... out came pictures that told stories!
Now I started looking around to find something else I could test my new powers on. I discovered that you never have to look very far. In this case I looked no further than my ass. There were stories there too!
Now I do this kind of thing all the time. It is too much fun not to. For this introduction I set myself the challenge of telling a whole story with just one shape. Here's what came out. Click on it to see it big enough to read!