Monday, March 19, 2018

who are you?

To get power, some men guzzle down the hearts of tigers they've slaughtered, some men lick & slurp the dust of rhino horns they have butchered, whilst others mercilessly fight each other in front of baying for blood crowds. Some men, take life, abuse & inflict their might over ALL innocence.

All the above and more for some men's illusion to obtain power, strength & a warped prestige.

Some men , not many men it seems, simply, consistently do everyday what is honorable, kind & right. They do this even though nobody is watching them. That minority type of man, was my father,  Douwe Archibald Damstra. 07/09/31 - 13/03/18

More men need to look to & try emulate examples such as these & we will live in harmonious communities, filled with kindness, love for each other & deep respect. A foolish dreamers paradise, i hear you say? 

the question is the simple answer to the above.

what man, be you? 

Saturday, January 27, 2018

creative energy conundrum

doing anything creative is about spark , ignite and the burning passion to follow through on a design or art concept. all this  requires valuable energy. who knows what fires this process up or what motivates one to wake up very early to push through a conceptual design creative process or what motivates one to put paint onto canvas or to be inspired to sketch ones ideas or to sculpt.

sadly lately we are being hit by an unprecedented amount of energy sapping negativity. its extremely difficult to get motivated on any level. i read the news all the time - from sky news to news 24 - i read. i picked up this habit when i lived and worked in London - reading the newspapers everyday was what i did. English newspapers are very meaty and full of interesting articles - not always the news of that day - but other interesting articles one wouldn't stumble upon on ones own.

today reading the news on the net  is  immediate, graphic and extremely, extremely horrific. some hoomans act in a monstrous way that defies any perceivable logic. people who  behave in these negative extreme ways are  coming out from the darkest places and are given the light to monster showcase. their unfathomable behavior is increasing and is getting sadly louder and louder.

what is the upshot of this for a chap such as myself. as a sensitive person, this barrage of extreme conduct does nothing for the creative mind. (ones creative skill level isn't important - however if one enjoys creating positive ideas then that is whats important)  its very difficult to find a spark to ignite  passion moments withing this quagmire of increasing monster negativity. one cant ignore or pretend this negative behavior  is not happening. it is seemingly getting worse by the day. journalists blur the line between reporting the news and ghoulishly salivating over the details. the more this brutal monster form of expressionism escalates it takes massive energy away from those who think deeply and are sensitive to making things that people can enjoy. a creative process that allows discussion and interaction that allows dialogue towards artistic expression is a great conversation to be had. however this is stifled by this brutal onslaught of monster type behavior that is permeating every vestige of human endeavor.

these negative monster behavior specimens  are taking so much more from humanity than just our lives - they are taking the very life blood of creative ideas. have we reached the pinnacle of mans trajectory. i wont let this deflate my energy - one must push through the thin air of any summit.
being mesmerized by the foulest of behavior is as low as one can go - i think we are so much more than the sum of our news day articles.

the minority who hold sway over the majority have taken from us for far, far to long. to give notoriety to monstrous behavior is whats fueling this extreme energy sapping behavior.

to counter act this scourge or virus behavior will require a herculean effort - but one must work hard to create the spark to ignite ones creative passion to express positive dialogue with conceptual end products.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

wildetect 3of3 2018 design & implementation goal

a few years back this VNLT design received a few million hits on reddit and ninegags - yes it is a 3d rendered model pic, as a couple of very clever people kept pointing out  - some of the comments where hilarious, even some of the real meant to be super mean ones. which there where aplenty.

anyway whilst walking to the bathroom i had an amphibian (spl check wont correct epiphiknee correctly)  so in 2018 the wildetects are going to build this exact VNLT table - and show that function can and does follow aesthetic - yes, yes i know - we will be looking for crowd funding - and what ever is raised by the end of that procedure will determine the depth of this VNLT design. yes the chairs look uncomfortable and the practicalities might need ironing out. but as per the 2 million or so hits , determined - people dont care if they are uncomfortable - as long as they feel they are looking good.

so look out for this endeavor 2018 - coming to a high sea near you. this is an example of wildetecture furniture design  - what happens when 4th generation people get left on a dynamic African continent far, far away.

wild aesthetic coupled with wild design ideas - wildetecture

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

wildetecture team meeting - my three designs to production

so i have been tasked to originate 3 wildetect designs for production in 2018 - meeting with the full team at 1pm , at our offices in woodstock today to discuss.

my three designs are.

1) wildetect 3d chess set.
2) wildetect bar fly babies
3) my art nouveau light ensemble  - still in sketch form so not posting pic.

Monday, December 11, 2017

note to my younger self

as a designer , artists or creative - maybe you can relate  to this next little story - a long while ago i was introduced to my younger self - although the medium of expression was different,  the need for approval was exactly the same as me at that age. i was sitting chatting to folk as one does, when i was touched on the shoulder by my younger self and asked if i wanted to see a handstand. i said sure - and my younger self proceeded an attempt at a 4 year old hand stand. not very good but because i was me and recognized myself i said - wow what a fantastic handstand. well that small sentence opened the gates of handstand attempting muizenberg garden world championships.

my younger self  had hands on the ground more than feet and i was forced to say after each attempt - wow - incredible - amazing. i  did this because i used to do the same with my drawing attempts.  i would rustle up a sketch of a cowboy or an eagle and show the sketch to everyone - that need for affirmation drove me to my next sketch. so the fact that im still sketching and pushing ideas, i now recognize my handstand self. the difference now at 47 i dont  have this insatiable need for external affirmation as i did back then. hay dont get me wrong - i love any small wow or oohs or even an aaagh  - but i recognize when its real or not. so i do my handstand - good bad and downright ugly - i stand up and simply do another one. if their is an audience, whats driving me to put my hands onto the floor again isnt the need for their affirmation. however i do self evaluate - mostly the sketches are to make sense of a fleeting concept - capture the butterfly of thought - i must say my ability to capture doesn't equal the imagined concept in my head - it always seems like i almost get my legs in the air before i come crashing down to the earth. but hay the point of this is - one must never stop trying. so many highly talented, super sensitive creative people stop creating because of a lack of appreciation of their expression from the "audience".

that to me is extremely sad -  a young close relative of mine used to love singing and at 7 they used to sing around the house and fill the space with such enthusiasm and lovely warm energy. i really loved it. i made the absolute fatal mistake of encouraging them to sing for a school assignment - the panel of teachers where sadly not equipped to deal with the handstand phenomena - and the upshot of that is the young relative,  now 18 has not filled the space with their beautiful voice since then. they where emphatically silenced - they where nervous , and possibly didn't sing as well as they could - instead of encouraging further development of the skill at 7,  it was important for the non educator inquisition gestapo to crush them completely. why educators are determined to crush potentail and destroy expression is beyond me. to much attitude SC (Simon Cowell) - people think its their god given duty to tell expressionists and exhibitionists to please stop - lets face it - have you heard Simon sing - i haven't - maybe he can - maybe he cant - but he is the absolute final say on singing abilities - and yes for the show its necessary - but for life - we need more handstand expressionists - dont stifle expression - critics to my mind cant do, therefore to look capable they criticize - having the guts to perform is the hardest obstacle facing the expressionist - even if you draw stick men - draw , draw , draw - i love stick men - because that stick man drawn, with that pen, by you - is one of a kind - and we need more one of a kinds in this world of robotic everything the same fervor.

so my advise to my younger self - is dont stop doing hand stands, keep on sketching - one day - who knows you might be a gymnast or even an artist - and who cares if your not a world Olympic champion gymnast or if nobody buys your art work- you will have huge fun, keep fit, keep playing and live a life worth living. dont ever be overwhelmed by the pessimism of those critics who never had the guts to do handstands until their faces turned completely red. JUST KEEP GOING FOR IT.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

wildetect evokatism - 2d memory sparked into 3d conceptual

to explore an artists life's work with a new life and a fresh set of eyes - evokatism - our previous generation of artists where all trying to say something important - so if one explores what they where saying through a fresh perspective, we can keep the conversation alive for longer - isnt that what life's about? the many conversations we have along the way - all the many interactions finitely woven into the end product memory of that person and artist. the best times spent are those with people who excite conversation - productive dialogue is always exciting - so to keep it going for as long as possible, one keeps the vision alive, one keeps the long departed artist fresh in mind. evokatism is that attempt to keep the conversation going through a fresh contemporary perspective -  and who knows where it will lead. isnt that what makes interaction exciting. 

Friday, December 1, 2017

wildetecture rough conceptuals

the 3 wildetects are busy on a proposal and as per usual the conceptual ideas are ramping up - with certain jobs we put some pressure on ourselves to deliver 3 completely different designs from each of the 3 principles in the wildetect group.  wildetect 1 , 2 and 3 of 3 all pitch a separate concept to the client. 1 and 2 ' s ideas are always crazy good - this is my first conceptual sketch based on the brief, i am number 3.

now im not sharing the brief or the job on this forum but what we thrive on is which one of our designs  cracks the design nod with the client. ive got whiskey , jokes,  a couple of tickets to the rugby - the other 2 have raw talent - see what im up against.

anyway im taking this baby into CAD to really bring home the idea - all the bells and whistles. im going to have the mood lighting , the trees , the sky. because i have to do the CAD stuff  myself i tend to shy away from this design medium - designers get so caught up in the CAD  model they are still fiddling in CAD and the end product is built on site. im a firm believer that the 3d model is the structure being built on site - leave the damn CAD  model and sculpt onsite. who cares about the lighting at noon in Dec 2032 - id rather be standing at the real thing then anyway.

we will put a poll up maybe on the 3 different designs for this project  and see who gets the best constructive criticism - however as per anything design - the trolls come out to play and make for interesting reading if nothing else.

Friday, November 3, 2017

moving forward - 2017 november

life to my simple mind, is not about being rich, famous or even free, it has a singular purpose & aligning myself with this purpose is now my goal.