Make to Know: From Spaces of Uncertainty to Creative Discovery will change the way you think about creativity. The book upends popular notions of innate artistic and visionary genius and probes instead the event of discovery that happens through the act of making. In contrast to the classic tale of Michelangelo, who ‘saw the angel in the stone’, the artists and designers Buchman interviews for this book talk about knowing their work as they engage in the doing. Make to Know explores the revelatory nature of the creative journey itself.
As Buchman weaves together the vivid stories of his multiple conversations, we learn about writers of all stripes as they confront creative spaces of uncertainty – ‘the blank page’; about visual artists and what they understand from the materials they encounter; about designers and architects and the iterative process of solving problems; and about actors and musicians facing the surprises of improvisational performance.
Make to Know is a book that will, ultimately, open a path to your own making, and, in the end, will have significant implications for how you live.
Make to Know presents a way of thinking that democratizes creativity and uncovers a process that leads to knowing both one’s work and oneself. It is relevant to anyone interested in why creativity matters.