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Material to hone

It starts with something to play with. Then it builds into an enormous flower of connections and surprises.

The problem isn’t speeding up — it’s calming down the circuits of the brain that are overworked and over-wired.

A prompt here, a rough sentence there, stock phrases, we inject certainty onto the page. But the dominance comes later through the editing itself.

Once we loosen up the control and do the work, we realize that perfection never meets the maker with great exactness. Everything is at first messy, as it should be.

The hardest part is calming down enough to see it out.

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Creativity Life & Philosophy

Less is best

We achieve breakthroughs because of restraints, not because of profundity.

There’s a reason we feel happy when someone removes the cashews at a party; given a choice, we’d keep chowing down on them.

A surfeit of choice creates self-control problems. When we have a limited offer on what we can use, eat, etc., we’re more careful in our entire approach.

Constriction is a passport to better decision making, a challenge of a challenge, that forces us to innovate or cope with what we already have.

Everything else appears as a pleasant surprise.

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Embroidering reality: the photographs of artist Julie Cockburn

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.

Embroidering reality: the photographs of artist Julie Cockburn
Embroidering reality: the photographs of artist Julie Cockburn
Embroidering reality: the photographs of artist Julie Cockburn
Embroidering reality: the photographs of artist Julie Cockburn
Embroidering reality: the photographs of artist Julie Cockburn

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Bending meaning with Max Ernst

Twists and turns, intended distortions, randomness and the irrational all stitched into a collage.

Abstraction makes it compelling. Becoming interested in its weirdness makes it less strange.

To break the rules is human. Thinking different frees one from the cage of conformity and dumps water over a fire of paralysis.

Max Ernst flirted beyond painting, incorporating bits of catalogs and photos to take them in ‘wonderful directions.’ He intended to complicate the rigidness of reality.

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Making meaning removes meaning

gif by John Walters

Making meaning removes meaning. What we make is what we want to make. The only supervisor is ourselves.

But we do need signals — something that tells us that we’re moving in the right direction.

“The muse has to know where to find you.”

Billy Wilder

Tied up in labor, we forget that the day job is the means of survival. So we play it safe and the pass on the real sex back at home.

Accept professions but don’t become them. Feel free to go home and rage into your work.

Doing the work we enjoy is the best life — after all, more time is better than money.

Everything we don’t want to do feeds our basic survival. That’s why such a priority always feels somehow aslant.

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A tempo of mind

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If the blog is dead, then writing is dead. And if writing is dead, thinking is dead.

If thinking is dead, then ideas are dead. If ideas are dead, then there’s no experimentation nor stories to tell.

We are creators, unmoored from the prison of biology.

We make stuff and share it with other people so that they too can participate and make their own iterations.

The brain is full of code, in a perpetual state of rewiring so that the stories never become stale.

Engaged, in and out of the tempo of the mind, we dip into a bucket of wonder.

It is human to dig in and let go.

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