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During the last few weeks at the ArtLab in Staten Island where they gave me a scholarship to attend clay classes and sponsored clay for me to use, I was able to make this small sculpture – seen here without the glaze.
The other two pieces that I made –
A few days ago – maybe a month ago now, I created a new blog for CrricketDiane and Cricket House Studios. You can find it here –
This is the first post for it which you can find there –
Since our home and studios, business office and 32 years worth of reference materials, supplies, equipment, business marketing tools, books, completed work and research burned to nothing on August 18, eight weeks ago, it has been hard to wrap my head around what to do next. All the things needed when a move is intentional are required at the same time all the things necessary to do after a disaster have needed doing too.
This new blog is the beginning of a new day in our business and in my life as a career inventor, writer, academic and artist. It should be interesting and our team at Cricket House Studios and especially me, are hoping you will enjoy coming along for the ride with us on this exciting victory dance of the Phoenix rising from the ashen wasteland of that fire. My wrath against all that mess is enough to make this dance a great one if not magnificent in its daring and passion.
So, welcome to a new day at our businesses including (but never limited to) – Cricket House Studios, Cricket Diane Art and Design, The America the Beautiful Show, The Inventors’ League and Mad Scientists Group. We look forward to an epic tale of the extraordinary kind as we move forward and each day glints a measure of that which we hope to share with all of you as you join us in creating this victory – together.
“The most magic thing I own is a pencil. A welcome to the infinite possibilities is ever present in it.” – quote by Cricket Diane C Phillips, 2007
Cricket D. Says – “Grow a Green Thing – Save The Sea”
If everyone plants as many leafy plants as they can inside and out – we could save our oceans.
Plants are the original nano-material for converting carbon dioxide into oxygen and safe, usable nutrients.
We may not be able to put back trees as fast as they are being torn down in our communities – but we can make a difference by planting as many green things as we can – hostas, ferns, flowers, evergreens, vines like philodendrons, morning glories and ivys, vegies and treelings.
Plant five Green Things a week in your yard. If we all do that throughout the summer and fall across America, we can start lowering the carbon dioxide levels that are affecting our oceans. It will improve our air quality, too.
Add plants indoors, on porches, in windows, and in offices and businesses, too. It could buy the time our scientists, inventors and engineers need to implement the green solutions they’ve created.
Clip your plants and start new ones from them. Plant seeds and nursery seedlings. Add mulch for fertilizer. Plant roses and shrubs. Divide plants and make two or three from each. Its easy and fun. Children might help but its time for the grown-ups to lead the way.
Grow a Green Thing (or two) and Save The Seas.
Written by Cricket Diane C Phillips
Cricket House Studios – 2008
Feel free to forward this and please let’s help each other to get some stuff planted. Thanks!
Why I hate Creating?
I hate creating because the payoff is long and frustrating. Most of the time I am screaming and pulling my hair out. No Lie,Many time I have woken up my household from a full on meltdown of screaming I hate you at a painting or art project
Its not that I don’t enjoy seeing the final Project light people’s faces up or the payout, but getting there is a lot of blood, sweat, tears and screams. Sometimes its because you can’t get it to do what you want when you want it how you want it. sometimes it’s the simple inspirational that escapes me
. Still One must be crazy to be an artist. Not because the payout can be less than the pain put into it. But because you are then expected to turn around and Do it all over again and makes some WONDERFUL. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Still pluck away at what you need to create and make. Because as an Artist you are expected to make something that is thought provoking, pleasing, inspirational, or space changing. As An Artist you want to bring the viewer into what you were or are feeling when you made the piece. Usually without the screaming of course. But not always.
Still in the dead of night while I lay awake, obsessing over my latest project. One must wonder – WHY AM I AN ARTIST? I Hate it most days, and other days I enjoy it so much I have paint on my nose and in my hair. Maybe because I am better at art then I was anything else. Maybe I am an artist because who else can take the UGLY from everyday, and make it inspirational. Maybe I am an artist because I am a glutton for pain and punishment. I don’t know, Honestly. But I am an Artist and today I am making something wonderful – Once I am done screaming out my frustration. Come check out some of my things today.
Today, I was trying to describe what it is that drives some of us to create to a person who does not have that and doesn’t understand it. That was interesting and a lot more difficult in person than I thought it would be. It is one thing to write about it or to put some thoughts on a 3×5 card about it, but another entirely discussing it with a live person who doesn’t get it at all. Strangely, about halfway through our interaction, I realized that she thought some people take to it because of finding something they’re good at – as if it is a skill set, a craft or something like music which a person approaches, likes and starts doing. That would be skills and yes, it is certainly something that can awaken the drive to create, but it isn’t the drive to create.
All this came about because I’m taking a quickie class from the City of New York called NYC Craft Entrepreneurship sponsored by Etsy, NYC, Workforce 1 and Citi. It has five classes and the one on Thursday this week was about Brand and Marketing, however briefly that can be covered in two hours. However, one of the questions in the workbook was to answer – Why do you create? And that is a hard question to answer, for me. It made for a really nice pretty answer finally made on a 3×5 card, which to be honest, in person – was worthless with someone who doesn’t understand it. We certainly both agree, there are people who are driven to create in something, anything – just to create. And then there are those who don’t, who don’t have any desire to do that, aren’t driven to do it and frankly, don’t understand why.
Maybe I can’t explain it, which was my first answer to the worksheet. But, I can see it. Something about being alive today, doing something with it beyond experiencing the landscape of this moment, something about the magic and beauty and expansiveness of it while creating is being done and something more too that I can’t describe. It isn’t enough to say the I create because the dance of it awakens me, sparks something incredible within me that feels part of a much greater world, or that once I’m in the act of creating, nothing else matters – not money, not whether it will ever sell, not whether it is good or not and not whether anyone will ever like it or not.
That doesn’t explain why it drives me to do it, to explore it, to try again, to discover more to create with, to try creating in a different medium, in a different venue or in a different way. It doesn’t explain why it is exciting to do it when I’m doing it and how frustrating, interesting, good, joyous and not tedious, but intense and focused it is all at the same time. And, it doesn’t explain how expansiveness happens beyond the now and the place I’m in and the physical reality where I’m living and beyond even the time in which I live when creating starts and throughout its unfolding through my hands and mind and knowledge and skills and thoughts and thoughts of others and all of it combining into something new and different and interesting.
Maybe there aren’t words for it.
Innovating, inventing, making, creating, solving, building, designing, and what I used to call “arting” because I believe it should be a verb – are all the same thing in a way and in some people, like me – there is no good reason for not doing it. There is little that I understand of people who don’t create, don’t want to create, find no reason to create, don’t want to make things, don’t want to invent or be artistic or create music or write or anything – I don’t get it. To explain to anyone like that, why I do those things and naturally want to do those things, maybe the words simply will never cross that bridge to explain it.
Here is what I wrote on my 3×5 cards last night –
Why do I create?
I genuinely don’t know why. It is like this wondrous dance that happens and each time I don’t know if it will work or not. Starting somewhere, anywhere with a thing, a design, an idea, a surface, a problem, a group of pieces of designs – will it work? Will anything new, different, interesting, inventive, innovative, creative, dramatic, useful, decorative, wild, or even, ugly come from it? Will anything happen at all? And, then it suddenly, inexplicably joins into new thoughts, new ideas, new iterations – playfully, interesting and fun as that dance unfolds. I like it and I love what it produces and what it creates doing it then I want to do it again, never knowing if it will work.
Unfortunately, in person with the lady today who doesn’t understand what drives people who create, those thoughts from my card fell on the “no help explaining it” side of the spectrum. It wasn’t that it conveys it improperly. It was more like, there is an element missing from the explanation that I’m assuming someone else would know and yet, they would only know it if they are driven to create as well. Creating is a freedom that is indescribably real occurring right now. It isn’t bound by the rules of mankind, the physical limitations of the moment, the financial limitations or rules of the moment, nor by the limitations others might want to subject me to within my day. Creating surpasses all of those things, won’t be confined by them, can’t be ultimately oppressed by those things as many other endeavors can be. It is the utmost expansive application of freedom and experience of it that exists. And, I do not say that lightly.
I don’t know how to say any other words for it. I’ll find them, though.
To have creative resourceful thinking – what is put into the mind is more important than a multitude of other things. Today, needing solutions, I could have spent watching tv, going somewhere, doing something else, driving, or talking mundane shit with friends. Those may have helped buy some time toward a solution, but for me – at least some of the time spent wandering across the vast news of the world in the last twenty-four hours also yielded good things for my mind to consider in its realm of possibilities and options. That created more resourcefulness and resourceful thinking for me than simply playing solitaire or other computer games and other things of the above list, including watching cable tv.
Seeing that if I put garbage into the system, the only thing I end up with is garbage out – these were a better choice for me –
And this one –
Tell us your bright idea for the IET and we’ll keep you posted as your suggestion progresses.
After months of testing, we’ve launched an online platform called MyIdea to capture ideas from our members
(that is IET – Institute of Engineering and Technology above)
And these I found yesterday through my twitter feed and started assimilating the information from them to apply to my skills of thinking and resourcefulness –
On one of my YouTube Playlists, I have these two which are filling my mind again today – they are amazing –
So, as the old saying from engineering, computer tech and technology says – Garbage In, Garbage Out – which reminds me that it is up to me what I put in my brain to have on the menu to use. How will I apply these and other things to my unique situation and needs in my life today? Hmmm.
I guess I’ll go invent something.