I've been really wanting to do some graphic design and typography lately. It's hard to self-assign projects though. But I'm feeling a bit rusty and I need to fill my portfolio with more up-to-date design work. I can design if I have to... but most companies don't just take your word for it, ha.
I was thinking I would play with some song lyrics or poems I liked, but it was taking so long to find something and I really just wanted to start something. So I rummaged through my art studio and found lots of stuff I use to create, and I do create with a lot of different things. I used to be really into collaging (again, not a real word, but using it anyway). Everyone always told me I was really onto something with that kind of work but I kind of abandoned it anyway. I don't really know why, probably for convenience. It's a lot harder to create that kind of stuff without a lot of materials at my disposal. Anyway, I used to go into classes, cafes, through my apartment/house, etc, carrying, fabric, yarn, construction paper, pieces of wood, sewing materials, glitter, you name it. Dirt, I even carried around a cup of dirt for a while. I used to always get the same response from most people.
"What the hell are you doing?"
I've gotten tired of explaining myself, so these days I just say something to the effect of "makin' stuff". This little phrase can actually get you out of a lot of trouble. I used to get away with trespassing just by saying... "this is for an art project" or "Can I record a song in your bathroom? It has excellent acoustics..." I once got to ride the carousel at the mall in syracuse all night because I said it was for a photography project (it was actually for a project, I didn't lie). People are surprisingly lenient when it comes to art. Or maybe people just don't argue because artists are notorious rule breakers anyway. Or if you're a glass half full kind person, maybe they just want the world to be a little more colorful too.
So I decided that would be my phrase and I would make something with that. I spent about 20 minutes scanning and photographing stuff and then about another 30 minutes making the image in photoshop. I used to physically make the words out of various materials back in the day, but I wanted to try something different and quicker this time. It's really hard to encompass all the things I like to do, artistically speaking. I don't know how some artists use the same medium and paint the same way for 30 years. I'd go insane. I think there are a lot of ways to approach a creative problem, and it's okay to employ different tools.
And funny story, as I was walking downstairs with a tangle of yarn in my arms heading for the scanner my mother said "Uhh what are you doing?"
I think my response was actually "scannin' stuff." but close enough anyway...