Creative work involves constant problem solving, fixing, and refining. When you’ve developed a level of expertise in what you’re doing, it gets easier because you can more easily predict what will go wrong and you’ve acquired enough skills to correct errors mid-stream.
In order to develop that expertise, though, you have to continually choose to persevere.
Today (as many other days) we stood up for justice we denounced malpractice and ignorance Happy to see our children taking the opportunity to voice their concerns if only that were enough… Sad to see many stood by unable or unwilling to join us many fear repercussions and miss the bigger picture that we are a community that we need each other to get things done that it takes a village
“Education is always in a participatory manner. The act of learning is to gain foreign information. The only source of foreign information is gained from other sources. Whether you’re reading a book, blog, or looking at a painting, you’re having a discussion, the basic form of exchanging knowledge. Discussions or conversation is the exchange of ideas. You require two parties. It is regardless if the other party is a person, a painting or a blogpost. The exchange is happening. Knowledge cannot be shared, used, or exist if it is not participating in active thought.”—On Knowledge (via @steelemaley)
Sashiko and Rafoogari: Recycling, Repurposing and Mending
Repurposing and recycling are a big part of our work, finding ways to consume less materials and repurpose what is already available. I believe that recycling goes hand in hand with mending.
Mending is an ancient practice across many cultures used often during times of need across history.
I myself grew up mending clothing for the family. That’s how I learned how to sew, replace zippers or flip shirt collars (such a war time kind of save resources sort of practice).
In my own time with my family, I’ve used all my sewing knowledge for patching holes in a garment, reinforcing knees on a favorite pair of jeans, or fixing the back of a worn blanket.
Our friends know that when I visit, it is always fair (and to my great pleasure) to give me something they need mended while I’m there.
Not too long ago, my friend Sava introduced me to the Indian term “rafu” (or rafoo, raphu, rafoogari as I later researched) meaning mending for clothing, the art of darning. I’ve also learned about Sashiko, a form of decorative reinforcement stitching originated in rural Japan back in the 18th century.
The skills, ability, and interest in extending the life of a garment seem to have been lost in our society. I believe it can be brought back.
“I’m interested in treating life as an artwork. Hence the turning of day job into a residency. I think if you can inject creativity into the more banal parts of your life, you’re more likely to become fulfilled.”—Sam Curtis (via Robert)
“With myself as an intermediary and my projects as a medium, I let participants find out that working together can stimulate or create mutual trust, understanding and positive energy, things that are vital to the wellbeing of families, organisations and businesses.”—Crossover Collective (via TAC)
Get an idea 1. see, hear, smell, taste, touch something interesting (What’s the deal with meat?) 2. obsess about it (think and dream about your new interest)
Do your research 3. find several books at home, in the library, in the bookstore (see exhibit A) 4. look online 5. watch videos* 6. take a field trip (to the supermarket in this case, see exhibit B)
Record what you find 7. take notes 8. take photographs (see exhibit B) 9. sketch (see exhibit C)
Put your new-found knowledge to work 10. make something** (plush is always a good medium, see exhibit D) 11. show someone, let them know all that you’ve learned (like your parents, your friends, or the people on Flickr)
Something else catches your eye 12. go back to step 1
*Video found serendipitously while passing by your father’s computer as he begins to watch a video on a related blog post even though he has no idea you’ve spent the last several days lost in a world of meat.
**Enzo’s research also included plenty of cooking, unfortunately we don’t have any photos of that.
One final note to provide perspective: Enzo was six when he did this project.
Update 2009: After spending a few months in Buenos Aires at age seven, Enzo became fascinated with salami and other cured meats. His interest in meat in general also resurfaced. By the time he had turned eight, he had also dressed as a butcher for Halloween. Since then we created an installation in San Diego using his and his sister’s drawings. See images at South Park Quality Meats.