March 1, 2019 by TinyNavajo
Art Matters: Because Your Imagination Can Change the World by Neil Gaiman
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*Published November 20, 2018*
I love it when these two amazing artists get together to create amazing pieces of art. I LOVE Neil Gaiman’s writing and I LOVE Chris Riddell’s illustrations! They are just amazing, the both of them!
Art Matters bring together four of Gaiman’s most beloved writings on creativity and artistry:
“Credo,” his remarkably concise and relevant manifesto on free expression, first delivered in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shootings
“Make Good Art,” his famous 2012 commencement address delivered at the Philadelphia University of the Arts
“Making a Chair,” a poem about the joys of creating something, even when words won’t come
“On Libraries,” an impassioned argument for libraries that illuminates their importance to our future and celebrates how they foster readers and daydreamers
Featuring original illustrations by Gaiman’s longtime illustrator, Chris Riddell, Art Matters is a stirring testament to the freedom of ideas that inspires us to make art in the face of adversity, and dares us to choose to be bold.
These four manifestoes are beautifully written and they are also beautifully illustrated. As we read why we need to be creative and imaginative with Neil Gaiman’s writing, we see what happens when we are creative and imaginative through Chris Riddell’s illustrations. This is one of my favorite nonfiction books to read this year, if only because it makes me want to be more creative, and work on my writing and maybe work on maybe drawing.
What makes you want to be creative? How are you creative? Comment below and let me know!