Adam Savage Shows the Creative Process Through a Strandbeest Build (or, Things Go Wrong)

I love that Adam Savage always shows his projects from beginning to end and that he’s happy to show that working from the concept through to the final design isn’t always a smooth process. There will be issues. Measurements will be wrong. The concept may not work as envisioned. It takes longer than expected. Corrective action may be needed just as it seems like the project is finished. In other words: this is normal. Whether you’re building software, composing music, painting or working on a book, you’re going to run into problems. This doesn’t mean you’re a terrible creative and you should stop. It’s part of the process, so don’t sweat it. Just get up early in the morning after inspiration strikes, make your adjustments, and finish.


Nerves of Steel…

I can’t imagine anything more scary as a creative than having to pitch ideas in front of a panel of judges from Vogue in less than 15-minutes. This video shows a few of the finalists for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund making their case for winning…  Braver than I could ever be, no matter how much I needed the money!


Art and Money, Also Known as ‘Stick a Shark in Formaldehyde’

I’ve always been curious about the fame and attention the Turner prize attracts (or used to attract) and how some of the winners are catapulted into the money making stratosphere. Which to me, no lover of contemporary art, seems strange. Exactly why would anyone want to pay vast sums of money for an artwork that consists of a dead shark? Especially when the poor shark decayed so much, it had to be replaced.  Yes, they had to catch another shark to go into the tank.

Anyway, this video explains how some of the artists who won the prize got to swim laps in pools filled with money.  I wish I had thought of something like, “My Bed”.