Tono (a “pseudo intellectual folk pop singer for the streets” and regular performer around Auckland) has written an interesting piece on perseverance within an artist’s practice: [a] busload of faith to get by.
Artist Agustina Woodgate’s contribution to the O’Miami poetry festival (April 2011) was a Poetry Bomb. This entails creeping around thrift stores, a needle and thread in hand, sewing tiny poems onto tags and seams. It’s a lovely idea – just imagine the delight of purchasing a cool jacket, then discovering a little something extra to make you smile. Agustina is the fortune cookie of vintage!
The Graffyard uses QR codes to preserve grafiti after it’s been scrubbed off – yow, what an idea!
WANT: A Julian scarf from Wintercheck. It’s a scarf with zip pockets in the side, for stashing you keys, cellphone and expensive things you shouldn’t take out and about with you, but you do. The perfect solution to mega bags and overstuffed pockets.
The AIGA GAIN conference was recently held in New York, focusing on design in business. Malcolm Gladwell was one of the speakers there, discussing the development of creativity and the manifestation of genius:
“Genius and creativity don’t necessarily spring forth unbidden… they require time and support to experiment, to try and even fail.”
Luckily for us who didn’t make it there – despite my best efforts – a video of his talk and a transcript has been made available online (no embedding sorry). Watch it. It only takes half an hour but it is so inspiring. He’s also a very funny and engaging speaker, so the minutes will fly by. Ahh it totally encourages me to get up off my ass and create, create, create all day. I hope you feel like that too after listening!
Gorgeous photography (of Japan and more) and mesmerising words at I Wrote This For You. Inspirational type musings that urge you not to forget that everything is all about you and you create your own reality! If you are into Notes from the Universe you will probably adore this too.
Francesca Woodman. Young, tragic, talented… I haven’t revisited Woodman’s photos for several years but her work still feels like gossamer spun with light to me; even though I am no longer a morbid 15 year old.
The Beach by the Baby Giant, a folksy psychedelic band from Auckland. I like the video… okay well I made the video – that’s my foot! But it fits with this dreamy summer feeling I’m trying to conjure in this wee list of links.
Fashion For Writers. Meggy lives in a completely different universe from me but I love the way she plays with colour… along with her words and food photographs! One good thing about reading blogs from another continent is that you are always readily inspired for the forthcoming season.