The Artist’s Way Basic Principles, Redux

By shaper

One of the most valuable practices I’ve ever taken up was following the 12-week course of The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. I would recommend it to literally anyone, regardless of whether they consider themselves artists or not. One of the few criticisms I might have about it is the reliance on an anthropomorphized “creator” in much of the writing, which resembles, for me, the Judaeo-Christian God. While there’s nothing wrong with that – some of my best friends are Judaeo-Christian! – it doesn’t resonate well with me. Luckily, she invites people to re-write the principles and the “Artist’s Prayer” to suit your own beliefs. As mine are more in line with Soto Zen/Taoist practices, this is the version I created and use as a touchstone. Creativity is the natural order of life. Life is energy: pure creative energy. There is…

Open Press Project Continues

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Here I’m building the print plate and several connecting pieces. One thing that’s different about these are the “infill” – the lattice of Supports inside the pieces. For most of my stuff so far infill has been about 15-25%. These have to withstand some pretty strong torque and pressure, so they recommend 50% infill –…

Workspace…

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I spent a lot of today sitting in front of a screen, and then in front of a 3-d printer, so it’s nice to relax behind the tall drawing table working on some hand-lettered signs for the Land of Oos…

Delving into 3D printing

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My first piece as I get acquainted with the Bodgery makerspace here in Madison: a “maker coin” designed by Naomi Wu from Shenzhen, China.

Visual Practices: What’s in a name?

By shaper

One of my frustrations with the current “crossroads moment” I’m in is that I am once again pursuing a career path that requires explanation. My very first “goal” in a career was to become a “shaper” – based on a made-up science-fiction job of a person who created environments for zero-gee dance. As an idealistic…