An odd thing has happened to me today. I’m contemplating starting something really big. But just the size of the project overwhelms me and makes me want to run screaming into a dark sanctuary where I could perhaps start doing something safe and small like taking in typing work (the way women used to ‘take in sewing’)…
How did that tortoise reach such heights? He did not act alone.
But then teamwork raised its Hydra head.
During this day, two different women popped into my office on different missions, and each contributed something large to what I was doing. One improved the drawing, the other encouraged my flagging spirits.
While browsing through Skillpages, I found a link: Where Good Ideas Come From, by Steven Johnson, dealing with the power of interconnections and teamwork, of working with and ‘off’ other people and how Facebook can be a very valuable thing in the direction of bring along and bringing about the Big Idea. Have a look at it – pure genius.
Then, an email arrived from a cartoonist I admire, Hugh McLeod of GapingVoid Art, and to whose blog I subscribe. It included this cartoon, stating ‘All creation is co-creation.‘ The last sentence reads: So, when looking for true innovation remember that whatever you may have developed working alone, it could be made much richer by working with others. Sounds like teamwork to me…
Then finally to really rub it in – (I know, I know – by now it’s the magic of 5 and not 3) I get this in my mail as well – ‘How to work on projects as a team.’, by Lauren Gray. All this is stuff I don’t like to hear, though. I like teamwork if the rest of the people are at somewhat of a distance. I used to work very happily in ad agencies etc as long as the office politics were kept to a furtive whisper. But even more, I’ve enjoyed working alone. Until now, when it’s been brought very sharply to my attention that other people can be a huge help and maybe – a lot of fun.
I shall cautiously investigate a few options. Maybe teamwork can begin to acquire a positive tinge.
Recently I’ve taken up doing work for greeting cards and I cannot think why I didn’t try that before. Suddenly my head is roaring and popping with hundreds of ideas and techniques… one of them being embroidery and handcrafted items, scanned and used as textures to add richness or to form a new image.
And so a new style is born.
Possibilities leap from every corner. I remember the comforting presence of my mother and grandmother embroidering, knitting, crocheting or doing other handcrafts in the lamplight. During those during long evenings TV was something seen only in American comics.
Of course as always, what one is currently transmitting mentally and emotionally soon finds an echo out there. Louise Saxton’s work as featured on thedesignfiles.net arrived in my inbox this morning via my brother in Oz. He knew nothing of my current train of thought. Strange, huh?
Enjoy the beauty of this style and be inspired as I was!
Stipple not only enables information associated with an image to travel with it across the Web, but it also enables users to access additional content, such as a YouTube video or links to a Facebook page or Twitter account, by simply rolling their mouse over the image. Click through to the Stipple-enabled picture of Rihanna and do the mouse-over…. very interesting. Would be curious to know how much this will be taken up… or not.
A while back, QR codes were going to be all the rage and now… not so much, hey? Someone somewhere recently wrote that QR codes are the Crocs of design. What will the next big thing be? My bet is on 3D printing.
Enjoy, good people. Okay – and bad people then, pull your chairs a little closer as well. Oh I see some of you are on inflatabe Pilates balls. I know, it’s so hard to leave the computer. One has to get one’s exercise wherever one can find it.