Inspirations.. I came across this today and was so inspired! I'm only adding in the first 12 but if you follow the link there are around 40 and each is well worth the read. It's the perfect companion for anyone trying to be creative each and every day!

An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth by Bruce Mau

Written in 1998, the Incomplete Manifesto is an articulation of statements exemplifying Bruce Mau’s beliefs,strategies and motivations. Collectively, they are how we approach every project

  1. Allow events to change you.You have to be willing to grow. Growth is different from something that happens to you. You produce it. You live it. The prerequisites for growth: the openness to experience events and the willingness to be changed by them.

  2. Forget about good.Good is a known quantity. Good is what we all agree on. Growth is not necessarily good. Growth is an exploration of unlit recesses that may or may not yield to our research. As long as you stick to good you'll never have real growth.

  3. Process is more important than outcome.When the outcome drives the process we will only ever go to where we've already been. If process drives outcome we may not know where we’re going, but we will know we want to be there.

  4. Love your experiments (as you would an ugly child).Joy is the engine of growth. Exploit the liberty in casting your work as beautiful experiments, iterations, attempts, trials, and errors. Take the long view and allow yourself the fun of failure every day.

  5. Go deep.The deeper you go the more likely you will discover something of value.

  6. Capture accidents.The wrong answer is the right answer in search of a different question. Collect wrong answers as part of the process. Ask different questions.

  7. Study.A studio is a place of study. Use the necessity of production as an excuse to study. Everyone will benefit.

  8. Drift.Allow yourself to wander aimlessly. Explore adjacencies. Lack judgment. Postpone criticism.

  9. Begin anywhere.John Cage tells us that not knowing where to begin is a common form of paralysis. His advice: begin anywhere.

  10. Everyone is a leader.Growth happens. Whenever it does, allow it to emerge. Learn to follow when it makes sense. Let anyone lead.

  11. Harvest ideas.Edit applications. Ideas need a dynamic, fluid, generous environment to sustain life. Applications, on the other hand, benefit from critical rigor. Produce a high ratio of ideas to applications.

  12. Keep moving.The market and its operations have a tendency to reinforce success. Resist it. Allow failure and migration to be part of your practice.


kate said...

This is fantastic! I love number 39. coffee breaks, cab rides, green rooms. This lists makes me feel so inspired and productive!

Yoli said...

This is really wonderful. I am going to send it to a couple of friends.

Kathy McCreedy said...

Hi Jen...
I am blown away by your work... oh, and this manifesto is really powerful. Seriously... your collages tell such great stories and I am totally impressed and very humbled by your kind comment on my site. Thank you so much!

melissa said...

I appreciate how emotionally candid and thought provoking your art is. I love the mix of unique images and meaningful words of expression. Thank you for posting the manifesto, it is very inspirational. Keep moving... :)