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6 Oct

A Stash of Culture

I’ve been thinking a bti about cassiphone‘s recent post on cultural stash – all the stuff in your head that you draw on to make something. In her case, she writes. In my case I, er, dabble 🙂 But I do think the general concept is the same. I have a certain sort of cultural stash because I am me – it’s heavy on science and maths and certain children’s television programs. It’s what I know and I do think it has a lot of potential. But I’ve realised that I *have* been adding to it, if not in the most structured manner. I have the ‘Encyclopedia of Fonts’ (must read it), books on colour, plus lots and lots of picturs that I get from galleries or cut out of magazines. ( And let’s not forget that one of the main reasons I bough Great Ideas II was for their covers!)

I’d like it if my collecting had more purpose, some sort of obvious direction, but it doesn’t. I’m hoping that it’s all going somewhere in my brain. I don’t really know if I understand that bit of my brain where my ‘art’ comes from. I’m just assuming it chugs along – mostly when i’m not looking – and I hope that it’ll pop out the occasional idea that will be useful in some way.

I’m not actually that thrilled with the top Cultural Stash image I did, but that’s what you get when you spend 15 minutes on something. Still it let me practice with the warp tool and transparency tool a bit – and the practice is needed. And it is possible to make strange and beautiful things from your cultural stash in short amounts of time…

A Stash of Culture

Can I repeat strange and beautiful cultural stash? Probably not – but I have a general idea how I did it and that idea can be stashed away… 🙂