Sometimes when there is an incipient creative block brewing, taking the first step on a ‘What if I…?’ idea is just the thing for heading it off.
When I work in my altered book, the world recedes and I remember what it feels like to make art only for me.
Altered book as journal
I always turn to my altered book when I feel lost - either emotionally or artistically. It is my ‘slow’ project. It doesn’t aim to arrive anywhere (other than that one day, the book will be full); it has no deadline; no purpose other than to return to the very essence of the sacred act of creation. Some pages aren’t even shared publicly.
Since the death of my Mum last month, (it would have been her birthday today) I have found it difficult to return to my work in progress with it’s tone of light-hearted whimsy.
Inspired by the work of Mexican illustrator, Gabriel Pacheco, it occurred to me that I might begin a series of monochrome pieces with just an accent of colour. The idea must have taken root because I found myself following that brief for this altered book page.
See: More pages in this altered book
What act of creation do you do just for yourself?
If there isn’t one, might it be time to begin?
What idea has been niggling away at your subconscious lately that you might start to put into action today?