Hello, I just turned on my computer after a month of powering it down and I wanted to share you some of my thoughts about giving up technology. I been practicing a lot more mindfulness this year of my daily habits in order to use my time more productively and rebuild a regular studio practice. I knew I wanted to limit my computer use so I posed a challenge to myself to turn of my computer for the month of February. If I needed directions or information I used my smart phone but deactivated my facebook and logged out of any other social media. It felt good to step away from technology a bit.
I find now when I do turn on my computer my use of it is much more intentional. It’s too easy to fall into the trap of endless surfing from one media to the next, pinterest, tumblr, blogs, etc. and becoming over stimulated and under motivated. As an artist inspiration is important but the computer can also be a creative killer. Too much access to what’s happening everywhere else makes it seem like nothing is original anymore. When you are alone in your studio though, nothing beats that moment you have a great idea. It won’t matter if you find somebody doing something similar later because you got there all your own and that feels good.
I recently came across my envelope of hand printed postcards which reminds me I wanted to share with you my experience participating in a print exchange. Every April the Iowa State University’ Print Society conducts a Postcard Print Exchange. I heard about the event through a professor who had participated in the past. To participate you must make 13 editionable prints and mail them individually to the university so they have postage markings of their travel. The university then keeps one print for their collection and mixes up the rest to send back 12 random prints to each participant. My affinity for handmade things and snail mail really intrigued me to participate. Also they provide a theme each year that can be loosely interpreted to give you some inspiration, this year’s was Temptation. Continue reading →