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  • Writer's pictureAshton Blyth

Artist - the professional hoarder

Artist = collector (but no a hoarder)

Discuss the following questions:

  1. Show each other something that is near you right now

  2. What is the difference between a collector and a hoarder?

  3. Your job is to collect ideas - how do you do this?

  4. Is there a difference in the words collector and hoarder between languages?

Torus - 1. Showed us her hard drive, 2. Considers herself a digital hoarder 3. She collects images on her hard-drive

Eirini - 1. Showed us a sculpture she made as a child that is kept in childhood bedroom / studio, 2. Whether the things are meaningful

Ashton - 1. Not at home - nothing to show, 2. One person's collection would be another person's hoard - sentimental value. An artist would be considered as a 'professional' collector as they are collecting to create, 3. Tendency to collect ideas in my head - terrible for writing things down.

"We are shaped and fashioned by what we love." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Side projects and hobbies are important - they bring balance, and disrupt your averages!

Do good work and put it where people can see it

  1. Make stuff everyday. Fail. Get better.

  2. Put your stuff on the internet.

  3. Share it - mistakes and successes.

Step One: Wonder at something.

Step Two: Invite others to wonder at it with you.

"Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work." - Gustave Flaubert


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