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Make to Know

From Spaces of Uncertainty to Creative Discovery

Lorne M. Buchman


A deep dive into the minds of the most imaginative people on the planet that lays bare the revelatory nature of the creative journey


Make to Know: From Spaces of Uncertainty to Creative Discovery will change the way you think about creativity. The book upends popular notions of innate artistic and visionary genius and probes instead the event of discovery that happens through the act of making. In contrast to the classic tale of Michelangelo, who 'saw the angel in the stone', the artists and designers Buchman interviews for this book talk about knowing their work as they engage in the doing. Make to Know explores the revelatory nature of the creative journey itself.

As Buchman weaves together the vivid stories of his multiple conversations, we learn about writers of all stripes as they confront creative spaces of uncertainty — 'the blank page'; about visual artists and what they understand from the materials they encounter; about designers and architects and the iterative process of solving problems; and about actors and musicians facing the surprises of improvisational performance.

Make to Know is a book that will, ultimately, open a path to your own making, and, in the end, will have significant implications for how you live.

Make to Know presents a way of thinking that democratizes creativity and uncovers a process that leads to knowing both one’s work and oneself. It is relevant to anyone interested in why creativity matters.


'Use the stories in Make to Know as a blueprint to liberate yourself from self-doubt, creative blocks, and fear of failure. A masterful thesis that unlocks the framework for us all to reach our creative potential'
Lynda Weinman, Cofounder and executive chair, (now LinkedInLearning)

'A vital and vibrant exploration of the creative process. The relationship between the artistic process and the intellectual process has rarely been broached in such an original way'
Steve Vineberg, Distinguished Professor of the Arts and Humanities, College of the Holy Cross

'An inspiring read and an encouraging book for trying times. It is a meditation on finding one’s own creative way to move forward'
Esther Pearl Watson, artist, visual storyteller and creator of the award-winning comic Unlovable

'Will change your ideas about creativity, its relationship to making and uncertainty, and even how we live'
Carol T. Christ, Chancellor, University of California, Berkeley

'Provides access to the mind and process of creators, and we learn from them the labor, the sacrifice, and the strength it requires to serve as vehicle of the new. It is a profound exploration of creativity'
James Hollis, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst, and author of seventeen books, most recently, Prisms: Reflections on this Journey We Call Life

'Lorne Buchman meticulously weaves multiple voices, disciplines, methodologies, and experiences of the creative process to reveal how uncertainty is at its core. By actively creating a state of unknowing, we make to know ourselves, our relations, and our world. I love this book. My students and the world need it!'
Rebeca Méndez, artist, designer and professor, Design Media Arts, UCLA

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 23.4 x 15.3 cm

Extent: 224 pp

Illustrations: 38

Publication date: 2 September 2021

ISBN: 9780500024522

About the Author

Lorne M. Buchman is president of ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California. Buchman the former president of Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center, and also served as provost and president of California College of the Arts, in California. A trained theatre director and scholar, he is the author of Still in Movement: Shakespeare on Screen and has held a number of faculty and administrative positions at the University of California, Berkeley.

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