My take on a future ICON is not solely one individual contributor, but a culmination of people who I have labelled “The creative entrepreneurs.” These innovative risk takers will become societies future icons. History informs us of the influence individuals/ a combination of individuals can deliver to our society. Below I have stated some examples of symbolic characters who have assisted in sculpting our future for creative entrepreneurs…
Vivienne Westwood – an infamous British Fashion Designer, she along with Michael Mclaren is largely responsible for the creation of the rebellious Punk Era, she is furthermore renowned for her political activism.
Damien Hirst – internationally renowned “English artist, entrepreneur and art collector. He is the most prominent member of the group known as the Young British Artists (or YBAs), who dominated the art scene in Britain during the 1990s.” A prominent theme throughout Hirst’s iconic pieces is death and controversy. This is acutely depicted in one of his most acclaimed commissions displayed below named “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living”
Paul Smith – considered by many, as the foremost British Designer. His style unmistakably depicts Englishness; in addition he “has the ability to anticipate, and even spark off trends not only fashion but in the wider context of popular culture. He manages to transmit a genuine sense of humour and mischief mixed with his love of tradition and the classics.”
Additional historical creative entrepreneurs in my opinion include: James Dyson, Josiah Wedgwood, and Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
It is my belief that the creative industries can become Britain’s most extensive and greatest export, and inevitably are the future for the sustainable growth of the economy. We are recognised worldwide for our creative and alternative ways of thinking, and by building on our creative strength and putting in place the support and platforms to fully commercialise and exploit our ideas, we have the ability to lead the world in many fields from design, fashion, film, art and communication.
The future ICONS of the creative industries should look to draw on our heritage and the great innovations of the past in fields such as engineering, science and the arts. If the expertise of these fields are harnessed, I truly believe that the future of the creative world will deliver some enthralling astonishments.
Tomorrow we’ll let Vicki introduce some creative talents who are bursting onto the scene…
Words Dan Ziglam