Tuesday, December 22, 2015

a new day dawns 2016

The absolute  beauty of plotting ones own course and the beauty of making ones own decisions in business. not for any particular reason other than to make sense to self. is to know when enough is enough and to know when to start afresh.

twenty sixteen.

to do the same thing and get the same result is the course of the well worn path traveler,  to venture left of center and beyond the veil is the course of the adventurer.

such is the time and such is the beauty

Thursday, December 10, 2015

wildetect erxell concept

the erxell (earth sell) wildetect concept was an idea to empower informal settlement dwellers in cape town to make residual income, using the as yet to be seen potentail of their roof space canvas. the concept was ironed out in around 2006.  its a public participation project and will require many roll players getting involved. the idea was to create an advertising glass bead of trade between advertising budgets and people living in informal settlements around cape town.

to provide a canvas billboard by using the collective roof space of informal settlement homes. these homes are temporary structures and therefore are ideal for this erxell proposal and concept.

the challenge Africa has is creating bridges between  different socio economic groups. this concept gets 2 big roll players to the negotiating table around a mutually beneficial product. creating a product that benefits both and is not charity but empowerment is the essence of this idea.

www.erxell.com - to create graphics using an established canvas which needs up keep and maintenance is the concept. the value is the clarity of image. the real advantage will come when the value of the erxell sold is keyed into a greening component. ie if the graphic image comprises a vegetative component within the picture. this will increase the value paid to the informal settlement dweller for tending to this possibility.   obviously this will enforce a parks and greening within these communities. something which is happening im sure , however this will expedite the process due to a value in image component. im sure the clever usage of greening imagery in these communities will also allow for unity of purpose.

wildetect erxell concept,  just a thought and a word to the wise.


Monday, November 30, 2015

a word to the design wise - wildetect dance style

"to design and dance differently from the pack, prepare to dance alone.
because the pack, my design friend, mostly validates its own."

this little ditty resonates as im about to hit 45yrs. when one is 20,  its bright eyed creative dreaming - everyone must be interested in what ones doing , the  conversation is  self absorbed.  your design thirties is work and the advent of stone cold realization of dreams perhaps just out of reach.

as i now hit 45 - its the measured look back - my advise to my 20 yr old design self. stop looking for validation at cold fowl  design guru feet. don't feel that others need to compliment you on your design journey,  to get that elusive creative energy to continue. one wastes far to much time worrying about does anyone like what im doing, is it relevant?

the realization as one gets along in yrs is that to dance differently and to dance alone,  is ok. validation of ones conceptual work comes through the perhaps very small amount of like minded thinkers who resonate with what your trying to  express.

true validation comes from within oneself, only then does ones work have meaning and a thread of a conversation worth sharing.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

wildetect interchangeable furniture art pieces

nestled between my 1910 piano with 1890 cast candle holders, the survey equipment and my office desk. is the ele-tuca-mantis. a wildetect interchangeable furniture sculpture that is quietly sleeping.

so often and more often than not - whilst we are militantly striving  to color in the lines, our life and design ideas happen outside of the framework. outside of the thick edges of fences we fervently erect and defend.

design ideas and life happens outside of the lines, coloring outside of  the lines is rather liberating.

this piece is an ode to interchangeable ideas and concepts - creating drama whilst sitting doing absolutely nothing.