July 2010 Archives


Craig Mod wrote up a gorgeously illustrated and thorough description of the process he used to create a second edition of Art Space Tokyo, including a walk-through of his analysis of data from Kickstarter, and his advice for people considering Kickstarter for their own projects.

I saw this work online some time ago, but someone linked again to it today and I was reminded of how much I love it. When the origami shape is folded, patches of conductive fabric sewn to the paper touch and connect a circuit, and a recording of someone singing a note plays. When more than one patch touches, more than one note is heard, making chords. Just the way the stitched circuits have some irregularities, so do the voices, making the music subtler and more interesting. Watch and listen to the video on Joo Youn Paek's website, and you'll see what I mean.

Processing and Arduino in Tandem: Creating Your Own Digital Art Tools.  Sounds wonderful, and it's free.  Six weeks of online/ video classes, beginning in late August.
Walked more than usual today, and enjoyed the hours of thinking.  In-between spaces: waiting rooms, airports, walks from work or to the dentist: all offer a chance to let my mind wander, without a day's usual interruptions.  I need to remember to search for more of these spaces, more of these times. I get my best work done when I'm doing nothing in particular.

This project, written up at the Exploratorium's blog:


reminded me of this one, from Craftzine:

Oh, my! Check out this use of home-made conductive and non-conductive play dough.

Make Volume 22 has published the recipes, with full instructions by Samuel Johnson and AnnMarie Thomas, too:

(Click recipe image for more detailed instructions.)
via Laughing Squid, so you may have seen it already, but Pascal Campion's delight in everyday experience is infectious:

Inspirational Artists: Pascal Campion from Onyx Cinema, Inc. on Vimeo.

One week ago, she got a ukulele for her birthday...

(Scroll down from the sleepover picture to read the story of the present.)

And for good measure, here's the trailer for a movie I'd like to see:
Great overview of ARE2010 - a conference on AR (augmented reality).  Bruce Sterling, Will Wright, and Jesse Schell gave talks there, among others - this round-up includes video of these keynotes.  
I've written various things over the years with "no title yet" as a working title. Eventually an evocative phrase emerges from the writing, and gets substituted. Not sure why none of the pieces have been named "working title," or even "default," but always, "no title yet."
I think the best way to boost your creativity is to stop reading numbered lists or blog posts and get out there and make something.

Jason Kottke presents the live television coverage of the moon landing and the first walk on the moon, at the same time as it was broadcast 41 years ago tonight.  I was ten, saw the landing, but did not get to stay up for the first steps.
A day in between places.  Now home.
stick and ink.jpg

Drawn outdoors with a stick and sumi ink. Used a brush and water afterwards, to move the ink around on the page. I liked the freedom and the lack of control.
Each day I have my new camera, I try a few new settings.  It reminds me of learning to draw - pushing past a place where I am comfortable to see what else I can do, what else I can learn.
Internet connection not much better.  The signal drops, wifi disconnects, and then pages load very very very slowly.  May just be where the stone chimneys are in relation to the access point.  (Meanwhile, I'm taking pictures with my new camera, and having great fun. Uploads to Flickr will have to come later.)
Internet connection is spotty at best tonight.  I'll see if I can figure it out tomorrow.
Still getting the feel of my new camera - figuring out the menus, settings, and buttons.  But since I'm on vacation, I have plenty of time for such play. 
My new camera came today, a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35and I'm like a kid with a new toy.  Once I get more used to the settings and options, I'll post a set of pictures to Flickr.

Newsweek writes about a decline in one measure of creativity, about creativity as a learned behavior, and about how to foster creative thinking.  
Watch Marian Bantjes' TED talk, "Intricate Beauty by Design"

And then explore her website...
Since I get up earlier on vacation, I shouldn't be surprised when I get sleepy earlier as well.
Over on the Learning Studio blog, they are posting about "real life algorithms." 
Challenged to draw with stick and ink, I do. (Well, it was stick and paint, but much the same process.) The accidental quality of the line lets me rethink the whole drawing as I go along.


Almost too hot to think.  I look forward to the cool of the morning, and quiet time to work.

Sukie Curtis painted a wall yellow, and then wrote about the process here.

"Since it was just a wall in our garage, and since it was seriously grubby, stained, gross, and ugly, I felt totally exempt from having to do things really well, because no matter what I did, it was going to look better than it had."

Outshining even the most ambitious fireworks later on - tonight's sunset.  (This is an unretouched snapshot from my cellphone camera, resized for the web. 
Twitter is a great genre for travel writing.  The 140-character limit matches the glimpse from the train window, or the phrase overheard in a lobby...
Tomorrow the kids and I will take the train from Pittsburgh to Boston.  We have lots of books, a picnic, and various electronic devices.  I will probably post to Twitter more than usual (@elizabethperry if you want to follow along) - 140 characters is a good match for the snips of the world I see from a moving window.  

"The best way to get to a good idea," Drew Davidson says, "is to fail faster.  You iterate through your design ideas and work your way toward the best solution."

See a short interview with him here:


(I really really like the idea of the penguin award.)



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