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,…
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…
What’s the device that unlocks you? Is it the camera, a pen, or a paintbrush?
Creativity is a passport to freedom. We combine divergent tools to strengthen the entire arsenal.
The running conversation in your head is to focus on one thing — photographers speak through photos, writers only write, cartoonists draw etc.
We shape our tools. And they shape us.
In exploring different widgets we collect…
Making meaning removes the 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.
Tied up in labor, we forget that the day job is the means of survival. The real sex is back at home.
Accept professions but don’t become them. Go home and rage into your work.
“The muse has to know…
The psychic costs of living in a place with gloomy weather or having trite friends is scarring.
Our surroundings have a significant impact on how we think.
That’s not to say if you want to be an entrepreneur you have to move to Silicon Valley or Hollywood if you want to be a star.
Culture is vindictive — being surrounded by lookalikes can make us see the worst in ourselves.
Rather, what we seek…
The function of two brains
Left, right, analytical or creative, it’s all one split brain.
Everything to everyone is like nothing to nobody.
Imagine owning all the music in the world — such profundity reveals nothing about your interests or your identity. Unless of course, you’re passing on knowledge about the items in the arsenal.
The internet too is the greatest copy-paste machine of all-time. But what does all the information mean without chopping it into genres and niches?
When Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee pitched his idea of a superhero called Spiderman, the executives laughed him off.
They said no one liked spiders, teenagers only made good sidekicks, and no one was interested in a superhero with personal problems.
But it being the magazine’s last issue, Stan Lee got his chance to put Spiderman on the cover and sales boomed. The rest is history.
According to a recent study, you are more likely to be creative when you are sad. The researcher examined the personal letters of three artists — Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Liszt — which revealed a link between their melancholy and peak creativity. Whether it was financial troubles or death of loved ones, these artists coped with their problems by producing more work to…
Creativity beats the normal out of you by opening up all possibilities. Why does there always have to be one answer?
The malleability of it — the sheer nature of its plasticity is what draws the creator toward a multitude of solutions.
Should a level of confidence give, what’s works is eventually meant to be broken anyway.
How we rival certitude with curiosity — a myriad of options is the sign…