avoidance & a creativity fix

When I have a lot of things to do that I’m not very interested in, I escape by creating something.  Anything.  I like what happened when I put off my “should do” list tonight.

A different perspective?  MAYBE?  That would be noble.

Nope, I was just giving my brain a creativity fix.

Vintage shoes, an abandoned farmhouse, South Dakota two-lane, a Vegas sign, urban ruins (Detroit), California fires, summer feet, Lucy & Willa, New Orleans lights, an octopus and an alligator in the Everglades…all provided my muse.  I could while away many more hours making these.

However, I’m going to bed.  I’m optimistic I will actually conquer more of my “should do” list tomorrow—now that my creative bucket (or bottle) has been filled.

Thank you, Leonard Cohen.

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Anthem

by Leonard Cohen

The birds they sang
at the break of day
Start again
I heard them say
Don’t dwell on what
has passed away
or what is yet to be.
Ah the wars they will
be fought again
The holy dove
She will be caught again
bought and sold
and bought again
the dove is never free.Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.We asked for signs
the signs were sent:
the birth betrayed
the marriage spent
Yeah the widowhood
of every government —
signs for all to see.

I can’t run no more
with that lawless crowd
while the killers in high places
say their prayers out loud.
But they’ve summoned, they’ve summoned up
a thundercloud
and they’re going to hear from me.

Ring the bells that still can ring …

You can add up the parts
but you won’t have the sum
You can strike up the march,
there is no drum
Every heart, every heart
to love will come
but like a refugee.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
That’s how the light gets in.
That’s how the light gets in.

When worlds collide in Detroit.

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I visited Detroit’s Packard Automotive Plant in April and it’s haunted me ever since. It felt like being in ancient ruins.  It was heartbreaking and yet still beautiful in a very unusual fashion.  I wanted to play around with a few of my photos and see what parallel universes I could create.

This Detroit Free Press article is hopeful.  A portion of the plant is now being used by The Display Group, an event props and design company.  This is how creatives solve problems. Nice work.

http://www.freep.com/story/money/business/michigan/2015/04/23/packard-plant-display-group-duggan/26259437/

Heidelberg Project/Detroit

Heidelberg History (from the website)

“In 1986, artist Tyree Guyton returned to Heidelberg, the street where he grew up on Detroit’s East Side, and found it in shambles, riddled with drugs and deepening poverty. Bruised by the loss of three brothers to the streets, Guyton was encouraged by his grandfather to pick up a paintbrush instead of a weapon and look for a solution.”

It’s understandable that everyone would have a very different reaction to seeing this ever-changing installation. It’s a passionate artist’s answer to the the streets, the poverty and the violence.  ART CAN BE A GAME CHANGER. I was amused, saddened, awakened, sickened, inspired and so much more during the time I wandered around.  That’s what art is all about to me. You can’t help but be moved by the spirit and mission of the Heidelberg Project.  It had a profound impact on me. I’m uncertain how to explain it exactly.  You will just have to see it for yourself on Detroit’s East Side. Thank you Tyree Guyton.

Frequent Questions

http://www.heidelberg.org/who_we_are/frequent_questions.html

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The Heidelberg Project Detroit by Lisa Lillibridge

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MISSION + VISION: The Heidelberg Project (“HP”) is a Detroit-based community organization designed to improve the lives of people and neighborhoods through art. Our mission is to inspire people to appreciate and use artistic expression to enrich their lives and to improve the social and economic health of their greater community.

http://www.heidelberg.org/

Grand Trunk Pub, yes still Detroit

Two things on my list of things I’ve wanted to do for a long time are: 1. Stay in a loft and not a fancy, NYC fully furnished type. I wanted grit.  I’ve wanted out of my middle-aged comfort zone and my friend Jen and I got it in a fabulous way.  CHECK

Thank you Kate at Grand Trunk Pub on Woodward Ave in Detroit.  We had a great stay and believe me we’re coming back and I really hope I get to meet you this time. The bed was really comfortable and I actually miss hearing the kitchen conversations and smelling onions frying when I wake up. http://www.grandtrunkpub.com/

2. Visit Detroit and hang out with locals. CHECK

Thanks to the staff at Grand Trunk Pub we were well taken care of and even stepped out of the bar for a while on Saturday night with a very generous bartender, Sam.  It was just great fun…no if(s) and(s) or but(s) about the whole shooting match.  My traveling companion, Jen made sure that the next stop in Milwaukee was pretty swanky and it was the contrast that made both experiences so remarkable.  Big Love to Grand Trunk.  Sorry we didn’t have the stamina to stay for the Tiger’s Opening Day.  I’m sure you all had fun, because the bar was already hopping when we left at 9:30am. Thank you!

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the heartbreaking ruins of DETROIT

I unfortunately never got to see Detroit in its glory days…so I would love to get to see it in a few years and see what’s progressing.  The people were truly amazing!  I love that Michigan spirit (and protectiveness). We were given a lot of phone numbers in case we got ourselves into some trouble.  We didn’t.

The Packard Plant and the neighborhoods we witnessed were heartbreaking…there is no other way to describe it.  I do have a serious fascination with ruins and the stories that surround them, but there is also great sorrow in witnessing this sort of devastation…even when I have no connection to Detroit except my American(ness).  I will be posting more.  I shot a lot of images.  I would love to hear your Detroit stories—e-mail me at lllillibridge@gmail.com.

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I’ve slept in…

seven different cities in the last two weeks and I am finally home.  This prairie girl truly loves to wander and it was a grand adventure.  However, tonight I’m very happy to be in Burlington, Vermont with my daughters, my husband and my cat.  I’ll be posting photos as I get them organized.  Here’s a few from my travels.  Goodnight.

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ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME

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HEIDELBERG PROJECT DETROIT

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MILWAUKEE AT NIGHT

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SOMEWHERE NEAR TREASURE CITY/MINNESOTA