The creative space

  • Solveig Toft Høgskolen i Østfold
  • Kari Holte Høgskolen i Buskerud og Vestfold
Keywords: creative processes, aesthetic experiences, flow, hermeneutics, the creative space


This study addresses the actual experience of the creative process, the non-measurable qualities, related to the subject of Arts and Crafts. The intention is to bring in awareness and a perspective regarding the organization of creative activities in school. The non-measurable qualities are areas that need special consideration at a time when public school documents mostly focus on conditions that can be measured[.1] . The research question is: Which experienced processes can be identified in an image-making process? This is a qualitative study based on different types of data collection with emphasis on participatory observation and qualitative interviews related to one particular type of painting task: painting with music as inspiration. The participants were divided into three groups of different ages and experiences. The study exemplifies what experiences may occur in some selected creative processes: joy, presence and deep concentration. The results are discussed in light of Czsikmyhali’s flow theory and Hans-Georg Gadamer’s hermeneutical theory, and further it is reflected on the term creative space.

Author Biographies

Solveig Toft, Høgskolen i Østfold

Avdeling for Lærerutdanning


Kari Holte, Høgskolen i Buskerud og Vestfold
Fakultet for humaniora og utdanningsvitenskap
Institutt for praktiske og estetiske fag
How to Cite
Toft, S., & Holte, K. (2017). The creative space. FormAkademisk - Research Journal of Design and Design Education, 10(3).