“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.“
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This is one of my favorite quotes of all time. When I think I’m being entirely original that’s when my ego emerges and my work suffers. If I take note of my inspiration (creative theft), then my work is often more authentic. Thank you Jim Jarmusch and Jean-Luc Godard, “it’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to”. Indeed.
Making something new out of the discarded or neglected is what gives me the most creative energy. Gutting and remodeling this outdated studio apartment in 2011 was one of my favorite projects of my lifetime. I learned a lot. I really like being dirty and tired from physical work. I slept remarkably well. I knew my mission. There were deadlines.
The downside of all-consuming projects for me is that they become an escape and I neglect other responsibilities in my life. I’m learning something about that now too. When is a project a craving? What am I escaping when I’m willing to get so singularly focused? Who in my life is this affecting? How?
I’m not entirely sure what’s next. I’m learning to be OK with the unknown.
to my collection. I haven’t seen this scarf printed yet. I’ve placed an order though. It’s one of my favorite photographs that I’ve ever taken. I shot this one week after my 50th birthday. I didn’t intend for the title—fading beauty to sound like a lament of any kind. I truly find beauty when things are “fading” and changing. Although I miss a few things about being younger, I was fine saying goodbye to my forties. I like my fifties…so far anyway.
I wanted to share the image. Here’s the link to my site.
Aunt Cindy knew that I would want to shoot things that most people wouldn’t be too interesting in. I love shooting metal and shadows. I could’ve used more time actually. I will be back, there’s a lot more to explore. Part three next week.
I would think it’s a co-op of about five different artists and I wouldn’t even know what to pay attention to. No wonder when I get there I’m not always sure what I’m going to work on—I want to do it all and sometimes, unfortunately, that’s immobilizing.
I think at this stage of my life I am seeking a more direction.
I don’t want to get static or rigid, but good grief, I think there’s a space in between.
I’ve decided to take a few minutes, get quiet and see what I want to work on BEFORE I take off for my studio. I’m hoping that simple act will get me more focused and deliberate. I’ll let you know if it works…but I might forget and you may need to e-mail and ask me about how it turned out. It seems like this just might be a natural state of our world…but I want to fight it. There are so many things to pay attention to that it’s overwhelming. OK, off to the studio, but first, I want to check out that song, book, technique, read my e-mail, the news, oh there’s a video I bookmarked…aaaarrgggghhhh.
the first weekend in May at Vintage Inspired in Burlington, Vermont (details to follow). I’m trying to decided exactly what I want to create…bracelets, pendants, jewelry holders, small (affordable) paintings or perhaps even something that hasn’t revealed itself yet.
I found this Jill Heller piece in a magazine at the gym.
What luck, huh? So cool.
I think this will provide some serious inspiration.
1. I love to make prints. I think it is the similar to the way others feel about puzzles.
2. I got lost doing these until way too late in the night for my own good.
3. The satisfaction of knowing that nothing can possibly be “WRONG” is liberating.
4. No deadline. Just creative play. However, if you want them LET’S TALK!
5. I see a lot of ugly prints in fashion and interiors.
6. Take time to do one creative thing today and see what happens!