Pick a playlist and let it roll. We leave little of no time for hand-selection or any form of curation because we let the algorithm take over.
Since when did algorithms become the arbiter of taste?
Great art intends to stretch taste rather than follow mathematical formulas. The best music is unpredictable, spontaneously discovered in digging through the crates.
Researching new music, books, etc., is an active and selective process. We remember where we were when we find something new — there’s a story. Like an appreciation for wine, hand selection is subjective and tastes extra good because we found it!
Playing tastemaker is time-consuming. But that’s the point. Better to seek different than sucked into the generic maelstrom of style that pulls from the so-called wisdom of crowds.
London-based artist Julie Cockburn discovers old prints of primarily faces and landscapes and uses hand embroidery, ink, and paint turn them into neat-looking collages.
Once I have committed to the designed image, the needlework has to be perfect — there is no longer room for play or error. The result is that each embroidered motif is a gesture of integrity that becomes a part of the old, often dilapidated print.
Julie Cockburn (source: FT)
She says her work requires incredible patience as its slow and methodical.
After she photocopies a print, she sketches over it to find an aesthetic that works. She then spends the next five days to two weeks stitching over the template.
Cockburn is proof that any image can be converted into something more interesting and meaningful.
Take a look at some of her glorious pieces below. Follow her on Instagram.