I thought of myself as a ‘creator’ before the YouTube community owned the word, because I see creativity as a link to God. Now I call myself a maker, which has a earthier feel, suggestive of craftsmanship. This feels right, since I’m happiest making useful, handy things.
I also believe that the concept of talent and giftedness is often misapplied, with a false reverence for the way that Providence, to many minds, arbitrarily bestows genius. I believe everybody has genius. I do believe in aptitude, and advantage, and calling; but I believe we all get there in the end – wherever one may identify as a ‘there’ to aim for. I believe in building a sense for beauty, just as we learn and feed the conscience.
This makes me very willing to work at things for which I have little natural aptitude (as my music teacher can testify). It also makes it worthwhile to make things for (and with) people who ‘don’t get it’ – always anticipating that moment when they magically do.
I think creativity belongs to the public space, and the public space should be safe for all – particularly children. I believe everything that is made should point to the Maker in some way. I don’t believe in pouring out hurt; my creative paths must always turn back to the wide open sky.
I believe in growth, and transparency in that growth. I believe in harmony, congruence, and balance. I do not care for glitch effects, and other hallmarks of a generation processing the pressing weight of the artificial environment. I always let my lights cast shadow, but the shadow is a non-speaking part.
I learn a lot from the public domain, so the past is woven into my work. M.C. Escher is the first artist who made me stop and think. Vignelli transmitted a love of strong lines.