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04 January 2005 @ 09:54 pm
more creativity, and zines  
i got the most fabulous zine from moderngypsy today, that i thoroughly recommend to anyone interested in visual creativity - the mind's eye. eliza, i think it's fabulous !! i can't stop reading it. is that your real handwriting? it's gorgeous ! *jealous* it thoroughly inspires me, which right now isn't such a great thing because i'm trying to do too many things at once, and getting frustrated that i can't do it all. i need to send out artist trading cards for this swap here, and i should have known better than to sign up for any more projects so close to christmas time; i didn't get time to start on them until this weekend, and i just know that i'm not sending out my best artwork. i can do a lot better.

i sometimes feel like i have too many ideas running through my head, and my impatient nature insists that i do it all, now, NOW. i wish i could.

it's ironic, actually, that i got eliza's zine in the mail today, because i started thinking this morning about the idea of putting together yet another zine, this one about unleashing creativity, finding inspiration, not being afraid to make things. i suppose that's similar to moderngypsy's, although i had actually forgotten i'd ordered it so it wasn't a conscious imitation; although this would be broader, not about one art medium (such as visual journalling), but about...i don't know, creativity in all sorts of things? inspiration in the smallest of places? hmm. now that i start to put the ideas into word form, the idea doesn't seem so concrete after all. i think when i get a spare moment, i'll start writing it and see where it goes. after all, no-one else has to read it if it doesn't work out. i was going to call it something cheesy like "starsparks: igniting your creative flame" (named after my poor defunct zine distro). i'd like to inspire people to not be afraid to be creative. you all can be, you know.

although, speaking of zines, i think i've decided not to do the south east asia / tsunami zine after all... i know many of you lovelies liked the idea and offered to contribute (and thankyou so much for that, i really appreciate it xo), i just don't think... well in the end, i'm probably not the right person to do something like that. because all i have is opinion, and it's opinion that's no different from probably half the western world; why would people pay to read that? in the end, we all have opinions and thoughts and ideas and reactions to what happened; but what can we offer that hasn't already been said and done? it's not like i'm an expert in the subject. other people have so much more to say, so much more intelligent things to say about it; what can i add that is worthy of any attention?

i like the fundraising idea for the appeal; but i just don't know if a zine is the right thing to do. not by me, anyway. if anyone else with better articulation would like to take over or claim this idea, you are more than welcome to it ;)

i so badly want to go and work on my art journal now. thanks, eliza ;) also i want to write more, loads more; but i have to go to bed instead. sigh. good thing work's pretty quiet at the moment, really.

 
 
 
remember to breatheturtles_path on January 4th, 2005 01:04 pm (UTC)
oh my god jade! you are so so intelligent and articulate and compassionate = the perfect person to at least get the ball rolling on the tsunami zine!!! it's quite a daunting task, but one i feel is worth while and will be appreaciated world wide. perhaps it would be best for it to be a collaborative effort? opinions count a whole helluva lot in my humble opinion. the scientific and demografics, etc, will go down in the history books, but it won't be able to capture how the world is reacting emotionally, etc. and that's important!!! maybe we're all feeling similar things... in different ways... this would be a wonderful way to work through and share these experiences with the world.

i can respect your choice to put it down or pass it on, but please, please, know that you are absolutely the right person to do this - it is a wonderful idea. not one that necessarily should be taken on alone, however.

*starts to ponder this seriously*

give it a second thought? maybe this is one of the ways we can help each other this year?

*is late and runs off to work*
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on January 5th, 2005 12:56 am (UTC)
perhaps it would be best for it to be a collaborative effort? opinions count a whole helluva lot in my humble opinion. the scientific and demografics, etc, will go down in the history books, but it won't be able to capture how the world is reacting emotionally, etc. and that's important!!! maybe we're all feeling similar things... in different ways... this would be a wonderful way to work through and share these experiences with the world.


it would definitely be a collaborative project -- i'm just so unsure about whether i would be the right person to head it.

i just wonder, there's so much news on it now, maybe... maybe enough is enough? i don't feel that the zine could add anything new to the coverage that's already out there. there are already stories on the shock, devastation, the way people have pulled together to help out, theories about mother nature cleansing the planet, outrage over some of the military actions (ie, not letting foreign aid into parts of indonesia etc). maybe people don't want to hear these experiences anymore?? i don't know, they're just some of the doubts going through my head. that as good as our intentions are, maybe it's just more "bleeding hearts" stuff...

although your words have definitely got me thinking again.
{thankyou}

hmm... would you be interested in fronting this project with me???

love xx
remember to breatheturtles_path on January 5th, 2005 03:27 am (UTC)
*nods* i understand where you're coming from with the "over-kill" thoughts... honestly i'm really tired and fuzzy right now, but my question to you for the moment is:

do you think/feel it will be helpful to YOU personally to do this - whether it be as part of a perzine, an essay, a collaborative effort, etc.? i noticed that you are in a number of zine communities, have you 'discussed' it with them? maybe there's something already in the works that you and 'we' can be a part of.

i don't mean to pressure you, just to help you feel it out before you drop it completely...

i am interested in thinking about fronting it with you. it appeals to me and scares me greatly - which is probably the best reason to say yes. but let's keep talking about it. honey, look for an e-mail from a hotmail account titled sarah c. in the near future. <3

i'd rather be a mystery: distance & longing (by mordainlove)mordainlove on January 5th, 2005 10:11 am (UTC)
... hi jade. :)

i wanted to drop you a note. my girlfriend was just here this past week - she'd bought a copy of your zine. it was so cute because she said how awesome it was, etc - and i had really wanted to take a look at it. but stuff kept getting in the way. but my mom got a chance to read a good portion of it && she's been raving about it ever since. she just can't stop saying how wise you were about this or that, or how she could totally agree with you on one thing or another...

anyway, i'd really like to order myself a copy, if you still have one i could order. i feel so out of the loop and it looked so nice, i'd really wanted to read it. & mom wants to finish reading the parts she didn't get to. :D

::hugs:: love you!
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on January 5th, 2005 10:34 am (UTC)
oh wow hon -- i got teary, thinking that your Mom had actually read my zine !! wow.
i'm going to send you a copy, for free, okay? if for no other reason that... you just made me smile and think that my zine was actually okay. i've been so down on it really. your comment just - oh. give your mom a big hug for me?
*hugsyou*
i'll try get it in the mail tomorrow okay darl?
xxx