While sifting through collage ephemera the other day, I came across this vintage envelope and letter.
What really struck me was the date.
Exactly one hundred years ago today*.
Improbable. Highly unlikely. Nearly impossible.
These sorts of occurrences happen often enough in my life that RocketMan might hear this and say something like…”Oh yes, quantum entanglement…” and off we go on a bewildering (to me) conversational tangent. Or is that a trajectory?
I’m posting the letter here today as a nod to the forces of impossibility, whatever they may be.
Maybe they’ll send everyone who reads this a bit of luck or joy or ease.
Because as artists and creative entrepreneurs, this is the stuff of daily existence.
Pulling off the impossible, the improbable, while managing scarce resources (time? money? energy, anyone?) and wrestling with the oscillations of doubt/certainty, fear/courage, clarity/confusion.
All at the same time.
Plus, I couldn’t help but imagine that:
one hundred years ago, I wasn’t here;
and a hundred years from now, I won’t be here either, and so…
what do I want to matter most today?
These practical and philosophical considerations distracted me for a good while during my search for whitish shades of collage ephemera, which I ended up not using anyway.
Also, I haven’t quite had the courage to tear up this letter for collage either. Not just yet.
The current state of my desk—which I photograph regularly as a form of wordless, lazy journaling for my project notebooks—turned out to be interesting to quite a few other people besides me. Who knew?
Now that the digital edition of my memoir is shipping (yay!),
I’m finally able to hunker down and design the printed collectors edition.
It’s my chance to design something vintage and old school, like an old manuscript would look like from the days before we had a computer on every desktop.
Once I get the typography finalized, then I’ll decide which images to include, and how to add those to the pages. I’m hand assembling and binding these, and customizing each one individually. So they are one-of-a-kind editions.
For those of you who ordered…some as early as June…thank you for your kind patience with my
perfectionism love for, and attention to, detail.
Projects like this are a delight, as they are both digital and analog, and give me a chance to do design and production.
The creative aspects of design require strategic thinking and problem solving, left-brain heavy lifting.
The production work is time-consuming, repetitive, and somewhat factory-like, which gives both sides of my brain a chance to relax in a way that is meditative. I like both aspects equally. One gives the other a rest.
Plus, I’m making a tangible product, which is delightfully tactile and satisfying.
Making something come to life from imagination to something I can hold in my hands, ship in the mail (via good old fashioned mail service), and share with someone else—someone who loves and appreciates handmade books as much as I do, is a dream come true.
You know, I always did want to work in publishing. So here we are.
Once I get these handmade editions into production, I’ll show you what they look like.
Who knows who might find this a hundred years from now? Hopefully someone doing a mixed media collage painting.
Yes! We will work/play together soon!
The last few weeks I’ve been getting requests for the Fall workshop schedule. Stay tuned, as there is goodness coming your way.
Like: a series of handholding adventures through The Creative Entrepreneur…have you always wanted to go through the book with a group? And get coached when you stall? Well, I’m going to be your Guidess! We’ll be playing with paint, of course.
If you can’t wait that long…Creative + Practice is available on demand. You could start that right now. No waiting!
If you don’t know what Creative + Practice is, it’s the exact creative process I use myself to be both creative and…entrepreneurial…which I share in the not-so-glamorous-as-you-might-expect *true* stories you’ll find in the memoir.
*Unless this was posted from somewhere other than the USA, where the month is put first, then the day, in which case this letter is really from December 13, 2013. So maybe I’ll update this post then, just in case. We need all the quantum entanglements we can get, right?