Sunday, January 1, 2012

52 Weeks

So in that last post I mentioned briefly that there's this project I want to start. So first - the inspiration.
This morning I read the New Year's post for No Pants 2011. If for some reason you weren't following No Pants - here's the link:
http://nopants2011.com/about

This morning the author wrote about how something as simple as wearing anything but pants for a year changed her life. The final sentence challenged her readers to "Make a small change and stick with it and see how your entire life can shape around it…"

So I thought about that. Small change. A whole year. Well, it won't be every day, I can tell you that for nothing. What about once a week? Yeah, I could do once a week. What if I made something every week? What if I made something just to make it, and not obsess about making it - just *do* it? Then I thought about this glass heart I'd bought for my friend Chris. Super nifty - photos don't do it justice (at least mine don't) a foil red glass heart that had a sort of Mexican sacred heart feel to it. Then I thought about the cool heart and cross brass chain I picked up about out two months ago to hang the heart on so I could make a necklace. THEN I thought about how I hadn't actually created it. So I took 10 minutes and made this:

Nothing complex or spectacular. However, instead of the components sitting in a drawer or cubby or wherever, it can now be sitting in Chris's drawer or cubby or maybe even around her neck!
Made out of stuff I pulled from my hobby room - a clasp, jump rings - elements I already had.

Now in a month, I may see something online, or wake up in the middle of the night with a vision and email Chris and say - gimme the necklace back, I have an idea for making it sooooooooooo much cooler.

And I will.





But for now - it exists - I actually made it.

Then I thought again. I thought about this piece I'd read by Ira Glass about creativity and taste:
“What nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish someone had told this to me . . . is that all of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, and it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase. They quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

So it's time to fight my way through. I have to make stuff. 1 piece a week for 52 weeks. Some of it will be absolute crap. Some will be okay. Maybe some will even be good. It doesn't matter if it's clothing or jewelry or... whatever. And I guess, it really doesn't matter if *I* think it's *all* crap.
And, of course, there will be rules:

1. I will make *at least* one piece by Monday of each week.

2. I must make the piece from stuff I already own. I can cannibalize old pieces, use new, whatever, but I have to use what's already in my hobby room.

If you've ever seen my hobby room - you'll know that's not too tough.

I have a lot of shit.

There will be no exceptions to this rule - no matter how much it hurts me. I will create with what I have. Period. End of story.

3. I will not obsess about what I make. I will make it and it will be good enough for that moment.
Then, if I see a way I could improve it, dream up a new plan, I can always change it later - but it will be *made*.

4. I'll post it here. Maybe not weekly. But it will be posted.

That's it. Some of it I'll keep, some I'll give away, maybe I'll even sell some - but I'm going to just make stuff.

So, here goes everything - the Entropy and the Ecstasy.

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