Jan 29, 2009
There is no secret to creativity besides possessing a habitual work ethic. But damn. Sometimes, it’s just hard as hell. Here we are, fortunate enough to possess hands that can harness magic to turn nothing in to something. We have ears pointed towards the muses. But the only voice I’m hearing is Alan Alda’s, and I’m waiting to see what kind of hijinx he and Honeycutt have gotten themselves in to on this MASH rerun.
Motivation has a reputation for being elusive. (I’ve looked hard, but it’s nowhere in this MASH episode.) Sometimes, if you’re lucky, it will come to you. A voice breaks into song. Pacing turns to dance. An image appears. A story surfaces and begs to be told. The kettle whistles with kinetic energy and a creative act is fostered in to being. You’ve done well and you get to keep your gift for another day.
It’s magical when a song or story writes itself. But, it’s also a rarity to have motivation invite itself over and come to your doorstep with a muse. Typically motivation comes alone, and doesn’t know what to do with itself. Creative energy without an outlet is wasted. Motivation doesn’t disappear. It evaporates.
Creatives have to be quick to put their motivation to task. One strategy is to use what I call a “pseudo-structure.” A pseudo-structure is a rule, limitation, or theme used to get the creativity flowing. They’re frameworks for creative activity and improvisation. Limitations are the playground of a creative mind, and these rules are a way to get to work. They are a latticework on which to hang ideas.
Many of the greats used pseudo-structures. Vivaldi wrote four violin concertos: one for each season. Shakespeare’s sonnets follow a specific rhyming scheme and are always 14 lines. During Picasso’s blue period, he essentially only painted monochromatically. There’s many more.
The restrictions in a pseudo-structure can take many shapes. They can be conceptual, where the restrictions determine the subject matter of the work. (Write a song for each one of the muses. Create an illustration for each letter of the alphabet. Write a short story inspired by each member of the Jackson 5.) They can also be structural, where compositional restrictions are created. (Paint on surfaces that are 3 inches wide and 24 inches tall. Write a 14-line sonnet. Choreograph a dance, where the dancer doesn’t step outside a 6×6’ square) Or instrumental, where the tools are deliberately crippled. (Paint monochromatically. Write without pronouns. Write a song on a mistuned guitar.)
Once some restrictions are set, it’s best to consider the qualities of the pseudo-structure and how they can leveraged. For instance, if I were painting monochromatically in blue, I could choose to only paint things that were really blue, or sad scenes, or even places bathed in bluish, cavernous light. Or, if I really wanted to push it, I could paint the Blue Man Group in front of a blue screen giving a weather forecast. Sometimes, a simple pseudo-structure can provide unpredictable results.
No matter what pseudo-structure one chooses for themselves, it should be restrictive enough to help them get going, but open enough to not dictate what path they take. Remember: these rules only exist to get things started. Feel free to break them during the process if it would benefit the final result. Pseudo-structures aren’t a necessity for creative work. They’re a tool that can be used to overcome the gap between finding the desire to work and knowing where to put your efforts.
Creativity is about action and life is about movement. The creative spirit is about transforming nothing in to something and seeing how we can get ourselves in to hijinx of our own. And those are the best sort. Sorry, Honeycutt.
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Jan 28, 2009
I can't get over this coat. It's a dream coat.
Jan 26, 2009
Jan 25, 2009
I wanted to post some pictures on how i spent the day of Obama's inauguration. I found a link that i could watch the whole thing while working or at least listening to most of the commentaries made by the news. when it came time to see the real deal, everybody went to the conference room to appreciate this in a better tv.
I have just come to understand that im the weird one at the office. Loving arethas hat makes me just that i guess.. HAHAHA!... oh well
Jan 22, 2009
Oh dearest... The more collections, more designers that i like, new stuff to spot on.
MADNESS. .. ok ... not to take it to an extreme. But Alexandre Herchcovitch SPFW
09 collection gives me a bit of butterflies. everywhere in this collection is a shiny world
of beads, colors, metallics, fabrics and what not.
"This season he took inspiration from disorder and urban landscapes ???Come come come to me noooow!!!
cities such as Sao Paulo and Berlin. Whereas many Brazilian designers snore,
Herchcovitch makes you wonder if the dead are just asleep."
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Jan 21, 2009
The Sao Paulo Fashion Week started and with this a new range of designers are
being exposed. I just made this sentence to start off with something. Excuse my lack
of typing ability.
Rolando Fraga's show made me smile. He used children and old people
as models. In the runway there were this gigantic walking sculptures that just made
everything even more awesome. I'm gonna email this to my mom so she'll get over the
"I'm to old to wear that" statement.
I still have an Obama post to make, I cant transfer the pictures from the phone.. arg!
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Jan 20, 2009
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Jan 17, 2009
I have a tumblr thing site , it´s similar to this blog but not at the same time.
I created it to make an extension of this site. Both will be sharing info in different
ways and there will be posts in tumblr that won´t exist here and viceversa. I really
don't know why the need for this, i really like the idea of collecting stuff in little
boxes, this is via internetz yea... random shit. So anybody curious, go check it and
always read the first post.
For the last few days (before my laptop exlploted) i was watching the movie Happy Go Lucky almost everyday. I was really drawned to the personality of the main character, Poppy and her entire wardrobe reflects everything she stand for. I was seeing this movie so much, that I decided to try her look. I actually ended up feeling better with many bright colours in one outfit( even though im no stranger to that). What i reeeeeally enjoyed where the ¨WTF is that?!¨ stares, JAAA!!! pure awsomeness. Go, watch the movie now.
Jan 16, 2009
¨The art of the artist duo Idiots, made up by Afke Golsteijn and Floris Bakker, is characterized by the use of animal material that is carefully patched up and put into significant positions, combined with rich materials such as embroidery, pearls and gold. A contemporary touch is given to the classical memento mori concept, questioning the way the world nowadays seems to be determined by nothing else than just marketing. In a constantly twisting play between fantasy and reality Idiots emphasizes the borderline between life and death. The striking beauty and the vividness of the animals that figure in the works provoke an inmeddiate attraction, but directly after the first glance one starts wondering what is going on exactly, thrilled by the perspective of transience that is brought forward. Animals are reborn to remind people of the life they lived, but also to suggest an alternative history, in which they rule the world. The resemblance to the archetypes known from fables and fairy tials is obvious. From a similar moral perspective Idiots criticizes the contemporary way of life, athough the representation of these famous stories is not the duo’s main aspiration. If one can speak of a certain objective in Idiots’ art it is to bring people closer to an honest perception of reality pictured through a lens of critical fantasy. (text by artkitchen) ¨
Jan 15, 2009
This designer has a cartoon-ish side to his pieces, most deff a breath of fresh air. For those who don´t know, Dazed digital is the online version of Dazed and Confused culture/fashion mag. I really love there view on fashion and allways feature amazing upcoming designers. Below i posted an interview with Xiao Xiao Dong.
Xiao Xiao Dong takes body distortion to a whole new level. Previously a fine art student, Dong graduated with a BA in Fashion Print from Central Saint Martins earlier this year, and is causing quite a stir with her disproportionate silhouettes. Incoporating printed fabrics within rectangular frames, the experimental Chinese designer creates an eccentric universe of wildly exaggerated shapes and child-like prints. Illusory trousers are printed on skirts, while jackets and shirts are topped off with squared shoulders. Currently applying for an MA, Dong is determined to develop these ideas as much as she can before starting her career in fashion.
How old are you?
How long have you been designing?
About 4 or 5 years.
Where are you based?
Between London and Beijing.
For no particular reason. It just came to my mind when I found inspiration for that collection.
What inspires you at the moment?
Everything in my notebook and which I don’t want to tell at the moment.
How would you describe your style?
I think my style is experimental and changing as long as I’m growing up. Sometimes I think I should stick to one route but then again, I’m only 23 so why not go with the flow now?
Were you interested in fashion while growing up?
I had never looked at a fashion magazine until I saw a photoshoot with Chinese model Lu Yan in Vision magazine. She’s still my muse now. I’ve also been interested in doodling and drawing since I was very little…
What was your favourite outfit from your youth?
Probably none, but I do remember the worst one - my high school uniform. Dull is the word to describe it!
With all of the press interest in your collection what are your plans now?
I want to spent more time on this collection and develop it further.
Can you ever see yourself having your own label?
Yep, I'll hit it off right away when I'm ready.
What is your dream job?
A job that can offer me money and a flexible work space.
Can we buy your collection anywhere? If so, where?
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jan 14, 2009
For anybody whose listening to me..
I´ll pay you to make me this pants
I really don't know why but lately i've been having a bit of a floral obsession over,tights, pants, blouses, even sneakers. Since I was little I HATED anything that had a floral pattern and now maybe because of a trend that's changing my morals or maybe i'm older and wiser, i'm appreciating this types of patterns even more than before. I don't think i would even mind if i had a bf that wears some floral boxers. I'm reeeeally considering the ASOS sneakers posted here, ever though they knock off the freestyles a little(and i'm most loyal to them) I think that for these, ill bend the rule a little.
Jan 13, 2009
Jan 12, 2009
"Portland, Maine-based graphic artist, daydreamer, pseudo-scientist, wanna-be astronaut and untrained intellectual. I tend to find inspiration in pretty much anything... especially music, the universe, the human condition and natural phenomena.I couldn't decide between all the designs he had, so i've almost put
My one-man design studio, Atmostheory, houses both my self-initiated and client-driven projects.
I have re-formulated this site to hold daily image posts for the sole purpose of compiling and viewing the many differnent sides of my work all together in one place. I will post one image (some new, some old) per day, every day of the month, every month of the year. Or something like that!"
everything he's done here.