Chapter 3

Creative collaboration between disabled creatives and organisations & artists

Some tips for disabled creatives

In previous articles we talked about why is it important and some how tos for disabled creatives to collaborate with other organisations or professional artists.

Some of you may have participated in creative collaboration activities. But many have never been involved in collaborating with professional organizations / artists in creating.

If this is your first time doing creative collaboration, don’t worry.

You can follow some of these tips:

  • Try to identify whether there are any close people to you who can be trusted, because it will greatly assist the production process.
  • Product development begins with the practice of selecting materials and making dummy versions. This activity encourages experiment, and tries various materials and techniques.
  • Understanding the surrounding area can help in making the works. For example, find out what places sell local materials or natural resources that can be used.
  • Emphasize on product value. For example: products that imply stories; products with natural ingredients (such as banana fiber or pineapple fiber); or a customizable product so consumers can express their emotions.
  • Do many research and calculate the budget.
  • Tell your feelings (to a friend or write in a journal) during the process and monitor the development of those feelings.

Work as comfortable as possible while still showing self-characteristics. No need to fear of not being accepted and so on.

Although you have a disability, no need to feel worried or not confident to approach other artists or organisations first to collaborate. Remember that you also have the right to work with others and show your creativities.

In the next article we will share a journal that could help you to take notes and identify the process of your creative works. 

This article is written originally in Indonesian as a part of Inklusivitas Kolaborasi seni dan Kreatif,  a result of our Project Gerakan Kreabilitas, which is a project funded by British Council’s Developing Inclusive Creative Economy (DICE).

The complete toolkit in Indonesian is available to be downloaded here.