The Sketchbook Manifesto

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Remember taking tests in middle school and you could have a single index card of notes? This was like that.

The world needs as much creation as possible. There is plenty of destruction, let some of us devote ourselves to creating what is missing from us.

The sketchbook is a perfect tool to do this work. It is a small infinite space that can unfold to reveal our greatest achievements and most embarrassing attempts. The creative practice/ the artist life, is using every opportunity to try something and fall short of our own expectations. And this is a vital practice.

  1. Creativity is an essential function of consciousness…
    • we know we are, and we know someday we won’t be
    • we wish to create so that we can extend our existence beyond ourselves
  2. Creativity is generative…
    • it is something which cannot run out, although it is sometimes out of reach
    • it is something that when I share it, my magic Slurpee cup of sticky sweet creativity is refilled like the miracle of Dr. Pepper and Hot Cheetos feeding multitudes
  3. Curiosity is creative…
    • when we’re curious, we create the space for exploration, experimentation, and understanding
    • when we’re absorbed by our own knowledge, we destroy wonder
  4. Creativity requires a challenge…
    • nothing worth doing is ever easy
    • and nothing worth doing can ever be done by sharing a thing you saw but didn’t have time to read
  5. Creativity teaches acceptance…
    • of our messy selves, our less flattering selves, our ugly-crying selves, our mean selves, our dirty selves
    • we are often unimpressed by our own creations… because we fear they may be unimpressed by us

The practices which include fulling one’s basic purpose, generating experiences for others, being curious and inquisitive, seeking challenge, and accepting oneself, are the practices of an actualized life.

Creativity does not thrive alone. Not only must I practice my own creativity, I must encourage others. And encourage others to encourage others. Encouraging another person to create something is telling them that their story matters, that their song will be heard, that their recipe will be tasted, that their self-important and fairly cheesy manifesto deserves 3 minutes of attention. If there is any way to heal the world and bring us to a place of common love and kindness, that will be the first step: to tell someone that they are important enough to bring something into existence.


Get into it

img_1101Tiny Sketchbook Mini-Festo!

I am making and sending out teeny, tiny, itty, bitty, too cute for shoes sketchbooks that are exactly the right size and spirit for a cool slow connection mail art project.

Folks who receive a tiny sketchbook are invited to any or all of the following:

  • Keep them, use them, cherish them forever
  • Keep one, give one away
  • Leave them in a place where someone will find them and be inspired to do something cool
  • Create in one or both and send them back to me (in the self-addressed stamped envelope I’ll send you)
    • I’ll collect the sketchbooks I get back and “display” them online and maybe someday find an exhibit or display for them to live in.
    • If you do this option, I’ll add you to the mail art project I’m getting going 😉
  • Destroy them! Maybe in a cool artsy way and tell me about it? But ultimately the little sketchies are yours to do with as you please.

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Want in? Send me a communication and I’ll send you a couple! Easy Peasy!

❤ Jen