7 series that’ll spark creativity during quarantine

Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.

Pablo Picasso

As creatives, it’s safe to say we don’t like being confined by boundaries. Having to stay put inside four walls is a challenge – especially for those who draw inspiration from daily life, human interaction and scenes that stretch further than the designated two kilometre quarantine radius. Once the views of the same mountain you can analyse from your bedroom window or the array of plants sitting in the garden have grown tiresome, what comes next?

Unable to pop into town on an ideas expedition, there’s limited options for when the creative rivers run dry. However fear not as we’ve compiled a list of the best series out there that’ll tickle your taste buds and kickstart your creative minds back into action.

Blank canvas at the ready, sewing machines warmed up – here’s seven series that’ll have you running for your art box in no time at all

  1. Abstract: the art of design 

Get ready for an evening of Netflix and chill with this artsy watch that’ll give you a glimpse inside the minds of some of the world’s most innovative designers. From installations at the Tate Modern to Oscar winning costume designers and toy crafting, this show is your one stop shop to ingenious creativity. To add a cherry on top, there’s two seasons to devour so get stuck in ASAP – you can thank us later! 

2. Creative Rebels 

Since quarantine kicked in it seems to have become law to start a podcast. Flooded with choice, picking which ramble to listen to on your daily walk has become a chore, so in true biscuit fashion, we’ve done the hard work for you. Creative Rebels, hosted by David Speed and Adam Brazier, is an interview series chatting to creative people rebelling against the 9-5. Hear words of wisdom from textile teachers, chefs, businesses owners, journalists, to name but a few. You’ll be running home to get down to work after an hour with these guys in your ears. 

3. Sky Ladder: the art of Cai Guo – Qiang 

Another Netflix banger, this next one isn’t a series but is worth a watch all the same. Documenting Chinese artist Cai Guo – Qiang as he under takes his biggest project to date, this grappling video’ll have you on the edge of your seat from the second you press play. Known for his breathtaking pyrotechnic displays, prepare to be blown away! 

4. Blown Away 

Indulge your inner competitive side and pick your winner as they undertake the ultimate glass blowing challenge. With a colossal cash prize at stake you know you’re in for some dramatics when you get stuck into this 10-part series. If competitions not your thing, this is still well worth taking a nosey at as some of the best artists in the world show off their glass blowing skills. Let the colours of the craft whisk you away and notice as they subconsciously inspire your next masterpiece. 

5. Home 

One for the home interior junkies among us, AppleTV+’s new series welcomes you inside some of the world’s most unique, quirky properties and the brains behind the operations. Aesthetically pleasing is an understatement when it comes to this watch. Focusing on sustainability in the home there’s really not much more to say other than “pass the popcorn”. 

6. Business of Craft 

Hosted by Leanne Pressly, this podcast will tell you exactly how to turn your craft into a company by interviewing the people that did it. Sitting down with entrepreneurs of fabric, sewing, fiber arts and many more, this is another cracker of a show that you can rely on to tell you all you’ve ever wanted to know as budding business starters. Catch it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and pretty much anywhere else you pick your podcasts from. 

7. Grayson’s Art Club 

Last but definitely not least, we’ve got Grayson’s Art Club. Doing exactly what it says on the tin, this is the ultimate programme to get you in the creative mood. Brand, spanking new, this series is launching on Monday 27th April and will be hosted by British artist, Grayson Perry, in an attempt to keep people creating during lockdown. Each episode is centred around a theme with the point being that the public pick up a paintbrush and follow along. Kicking things off with portraits, get your easels set up and tune in to Channel 4 at 8pm to join in the fun. 

If this lot doesn’t get the creativity following, I don’t know what will! 

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