if your lair is ones 3 x 4 office space - then sitting among-st ones very silent but visually loud crystallized thoughts is an interesting learning curve. this life is nothing if not brutally humbling. the concept for those in the creative arena, is that the arena is definitely not for the shy and timid.
as a creative one has strengths and weaknesses - to recognize the weaknesses is the strength. so next week the wildetect machine will be approaching and hopefully aligning with a marketing company. and paying for the external creative audit of ones black and blue 6 year beating up till this point. ultimately to be sustainable one needs to sell work. when ones work is conceptual and a process of experimentation which it is for wildetect 3 of 3 - in a world fervently seeking end product. sketches dont sell. so the 2 elements i have fought vehemently to shun. are now being entertained at the front door of the lair. for me the last bastion of individuality and self respect is now teetering on the mundane and normal. all to pay to fight further on in the arena. (sigh.) wildetecture has successfully brought ergonomics to commissioned pieces. i dont start my design process at that point. that for me is a step very much towards the end of the process.
ive found my set of skills over 20 yrs of teaching draughting and design. is i feel in a strange way, is one of creative validator. so many fiercely creative people are awaiting permission to release their unique design energy. they hold back because of the many cauterized moments they have experienced, when they have been completely flayed wide open by non creative gibberish. by teachers , parents , contempories a host of people in the know who know people. the reality is creatives are immensely sensitive - so any negativity is ether under the nose. its like touching an anemone - they retreat so far into shells - mostly never ever to be seen again. one has to realize, sadly many people take immense delight in destroying ones artistic resonance, with wise words disseminated by minor showmen the world over. completely obliterating ones creativity. me - and with the folk ive taught over the years - has been to focus on artistic self belief. and more often than not the student has become greater than the teacher. i am not threatened by others abilities - even when mostly their abilities way surpass my own.
so a new day dawns - constant change of approach and constant dialogue for a way forward. interesting times for the wildetect creatives. the licking of the proverbial wounds opens a new chapter now and wildetect itsy witsy lives, if not just to climb again.
had fun yesterday packing up my wildetect work after an exhibition in cape towns creative mecca - woodstock. full of top end designers and creative geniuses.
the toyota avanza was choc-ca block jammed with the crystallized skeletal thought parts. it took awhile to pack the giant pieces into the guts of the vehicle.
incidentally i went into Gugulethu the other day - and to my complete amazement 95% of the vehicles in Gug's are toyota avanzas. it was like riding through an avanza show room.