Manifesto

11/Jan/12

Sharing ideas

It doesn’t matter how crazy or unrealistic you may think an idea is; you should always share it with people around you. Whether it’s sharing with people you know or don’t know. Join forums, clubs and groups; you never know what the original idea could turn into. Meeting new people will expand your address book, the more contacts the better. Your ideas could then continue to inspire others and a once ‘impossible’ idea could spiral into a flourishing project. Who knows? Even a new collaborative friendship could form just through sharing and talking about your ideas. An idea will never develop if it’s locked inside your head.

Experience

Use your everyday experiences as an element that you can use in your work. I’m not saying make a brand new project on something you’ve witnessed every single day- unless you want to. How about taking an unusual photograph on your travels or using a colour you’ve seen on a walk in the park as a starting point to a project or as a tiny factor in a current project. The starting point is to create a scrapbook full of items you find from the places you go, who knows what thought process it could trigger later on in life.

Books

I am an obsessive book hoarder. My bedroom is full of piles of unread books, old or new- from English to languages I will probably never get a chance to learn and the mountain never stops growing. I own books mostly about subjects I obviously enjoy reading about but I have bought some simply because I liked the cover, a typeface, a quote, a tiny detail, a photograph featured or a paragraph of writing. I believe that this is a positive approach to being a hoarder; my excuse is that I’m creating an infinite archive of inspiration that I can delve into whenever I want. Who knows whether every single one of these books will get read but the physical book will always be there for reference.

“You cannot open a book without learning something.” – Confucius

Detail

Make full use of the senses we were born with. In Aldous Huxley’s Doors of Perception/Heaven and Hell he talks in such a beautiful way about the details in the creases of his jeans and how he had never taken notice of them before.  Aldous Huxley has become one of my favourite authors and ever since read Doors of Perception I have also started to pay attention to detail. I think that we are often in such a rush to do this and that that we forget to look around us, we are slowly becoming oblivious to the minute detail surrounding us, especially when it comes to the beautiful nature around us.

Write

Always carry a notebook or journal and a pen. Whether it’s for doodling or writing, everyone should own a journal, that you can keep hold of forever.  Where ideas can develop; lists can be made and doodles drawn. Use it as somewhere private; somewhere you’re not scared of people making judgments of your work. Somewhere you can make continuous mistakes and it doesn’t matter. I have learnt that a drawing or quote doesn’t have to spark a creation straight away but could inspire you later on in life; you could say a journal is a sort of ideas time capsule.

Space

Having a constant workspace will be beneficial. If you are anything like me, you need all your equipment in a certain place so there are no interruptions to your workflow. Don’t get me wrong I’m not perfectly clean and tidy myself but I find it very hard when I’m away from my desk; I find it almost impossible to do good quality work when living out of a suitcase (as I do over Christmas and Summer break-which is when I have the most freedom and time to be creative). I believe that creating a relaxed and consistent place to work- with access to everything you need- will always reflect in your final work.

Stimulants

I am a believer in art influenced by stimulants. I have always been intrigued by people’s need to escape reality and it has become a favourite reading subject of mine. Whilst reading about this subject I came across hallucinogenic drug art and culture, for example: Alex Grey; Terence McKenna and Pablo Amaringo have all been heavily influenced by psychedelics throughout their time, they have created endless amounts of incredibly inspirational artwork and mind-blowing theories of man and have become the greatest influences in my life and work during university. I think it’s important to have hobbies and interests to inspire or even allow you to have a break from working, as I believe breaks are really important when doing work.

“Pointing to those subtle and casual dimensions beyond the physical is part of the purpose of my work. Interweaving the dimensions together – physical, emotional, conceptual, psychic, subtle, and spiritual has been part of my intention, my mission of art, always with the hope that it resonates with people and affirms their own deeper understanding of themselves and the world.” –

Alex Grey, Transfigurations p.106

Inspire yourself

Inspiration and work will not just appear out of thin air. This is – stupidly – only a recent self-realisation. If you’re not happy with something, change it. I have spent a lot of time dwelling on the negative around me until I finally realised that only I could change it. I now take on almost more work opportunities than I can handle at once but I believe it’s a positive way of learning how to manage time and work out how efficiently you can work under pressure or in a time limit- instead of being told how to work. It’s all good practice for the future.

Photography

Taking photos should be a part of everyone’s life. As a document to your life, a day should not go by without you taking a photo. I believe that sometimes people are worried about how others may judge your work. Therefore people don’t experiment with art forms they aren’t familiar with, some believe that if a piece of work is not perfect then it is wrong. You need to break the barrier and investigate a range of art forms to figure out for yourself what you like to do, what you don’t like to do and what you are good at. This could influence and transform your whole view on art and design itself.

Try everything

Take opportunities if they arise. If someone comes to you with an opportunity that you have never thought about or wanted to do- take it. Approach the opportunity with an open mind, going into the situation with a closed mind will only result in negative results. You could walk away with a completely different state of mind.

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One Response to “Manifesto”

  1. Levitra said

    Thanks for blogging. I completely agree with your opinion.

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