I was reading Gem Barton’s book last night ‘Don’t Get a Job…Make a Job’, a very inspiring book exploring case studies of a generation that have applied their own strategies to create their own practices, works , studio, agencies etc. in the ever competitive field with fewer positions for many creatives and designers. I will highly recommend this book if you seek inspiration and a strategic approach in applying yourself and craft. The array of case studies carried out by Gem Barton is very impressive.
Reading through I came across Lionel Real de Azúa quote which I thought was very true especially if you are constantly incapacitated by fear of failure and overthinking. I find the latter being a case that plagues me to be candid. I can think my ideas to death. By applying yourself, doing, trial and error begets unexpected results.
“Wherever my story takes me, however dark and difficult the theme, there is always some hope and redemption, not because readers like happy endings, but because I am an optimist at heart. I know the sun will rise in the morning, that there is a light at the end of every tunnel.” _Michael Morpurgo
There are things we don’t say to ourselves as often as we could, like the way we truly are as individuals, blessed with unique abilities and idiosyncrasies. Allow these words ‘YOU ARE SPECIAL’ sink into your subconscious repeatedly, then you’ll begin to realise how awesome and special you are. Not just to you but to your loved ones, your peers, colleagues, and to those who you’ve just made their day today. Putting a smile on a person’s face requires something special from within. People never forget how you made them feel remember, and you’ve managed that, well done!
Anytime you begin to feel worthless, low, inferior, or useless, ruminate on the words above over and over, allow it to marinate in your subconscious, and you’ll begin to feel differently about yourself, who you are as a unique being (there is only one you) and what you bring (a gift) to this world.
This March marks my 1 year anniversary of my adventure on the WordPress ‘Blogsphere’ if I can use that. Below is my first post on the platform. I want to thank you sincerely for following my journey of growth and discovery. It has been nothing but excitement, learning, journaling, interaction, and getting to know so many gifted/talent writers and creators. You all have been immense in this adventure. Thank you so much for stopping by.
Verse 1. HAPPINESS
Words are very powerful. Words especially derived from quotes evoke certain emotions and most times a call for action. Quotes can be or is considered a ‘food for the soul’ be it lengthy or short. The messages which quotes transmit could either be uplifting, insightful or even destructive depending on how it is conceived or delivered. However, quotes conveying positive messages and food for thought impacts many an individual, old or young, rich or poor, sad or happy etcetera.
Friedrich Koenig’s was known for inventing the hand press, a steam-powered double-cylinder printing press which prints on both side of the paper. Friedrich Koenig was a German investor and his invention along with a watchmaker Andreas Bauer, changed the media world. See Friedrich Koenig’s invention changed the media world.
Most often, we yearn for happiness but yet neglecting the little detail or things which are supposed to illuminate the emotions which generates what we perceive as happiness. Happiness can be described in many ways, as happiness itself holds varied meanings from one person to another. Nevertheless, focusing on Friedrich Koenig’s quote, it is imperative to highlight the power of recognition and appreciation as both words if acknowledged goes a long way in pointing us in the right direction, either in pursuit of happiness, problem solving and other aspects of our daily lives.
How often do we yearn for the trivial and neglect the tangible, the ‘trivial’ being what we DON’T have and the ‘tangible’ being what we DO have? The sooner we begin TO recognize the tangible and stop dwelling on the trivial, the sooner we begin to appreciate what makes us HAPPY and what HAPPINESS truly is.
I created this artwork believing that our fortitude, our innate power to overcome adversity, fear or worry is tremendous. The power we poses within us is also limitless. If such power is harnessed and channeled the right way, just imagine the outcome… tremendous, right?!!
I created this series of works with the notion that our capacity to learn, generate idea(s) and discovering old or new things is infinite. Think about it, we are constantly learning and finding things foreign to us or discovering things unknown or unaware of, etc.
We share our old or new found knowledge by teaching it or disseminating it as information. In these events, new ideas are formed or generated, and if put in good use, amazing things are created.
This process repeats itself, on and on it goes like a loop thus the visual metaphor which I have created using pieces of strings and a scanner.
We will never stop learning, discovering or generating ideas, sharing, teaching, etc., and the process repeats itself like an infinite loop.
It’s been a while since my last post. Hope you are well. Last time I uploaded a post was on 1. 1. 19., how can I forget. To be honest, I am still saying my ‘Thank YOUs’, especially for being on this platform and meeting so many amazing and talent people. Life in general have been a good teacher despite its sweet and sour combination.
I learnt so many things from reading, listening and watching some incredible video contents. A lot were motivational, inspirational and educational. I guess you see why my ‘Thank YOUs’ lingers on. Collaborating with Dr Perry on Life is an ever-changing blend of sweet and sour was truly special. I gained more friends in the community as a result.
Without wasting time, I am starting another website http://www.zedtears.com where I try to explore experimental image making to visually represent nerve pain or nerve sensations in abstract forms. It is a different kind of challenge I know, but it is truly remarkable how the nerves work if you’ve ever experienced any form of nerve issue or nerve pain. I will also attempt to explore pain in general. I have carried out a few interviews where I try to examine how people describe any form of pain condition they are going through or been through. Some of these will feature on the platform.
Pain, be it psychological, emotional, or physical is non-visual. The question is, can abstract images visualise pain? A Picture speaks a thousands words they say. One thing I can say though is that pain by its nature is abstract. People describe their pain in metaphorical or in abstract terms because they can’t physically see it but they can feel it. Let’s attempt to capture our pain in writing or other forms and express these in a form of art, how about that?!
The images that I create are visual representations and are entirely open to interpretation. You are welcome to join me as I explore the abstract world of pain.
Your thoughts and comments are highly welcomed.
Abstract image denoting the a form of nerve sensation.