Make.The last thing that I made, aside from the look of this entire website, which I updated recently, was this masthead for John Bell's Digital Influence Mapping Project:
What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it?
I used Photoshop and my keen eyes to build this masthead, and I'm pleased with the results. Hire me! *ahem*
In terms of something that I'd like to make, I don't know that I have ever voiced this desire openly before, but I would love to paint. I often imagine myself applying paint to canvas. I envision the weight and balance of colour and form.
The last time that I painted, though, was in 1996 while high on LSD and MDMA before a rave in Victoria, British Columbia. My acid trip had proved to be altogether too mild, so I threw in some ecstasy to relieve my boredom and grabbed an industrial paintbrush to paint a giant eye in neon colours on a canvas comprised of a shower curtain.
The painting was clumsy and childish, but it was well-received later that night by several hundred kids who were higher than I was. I sat at the back of the room and watched people convulse to a jungle beat and wondered who so thoroughly ate their childhoods that they had to dress like Sesame Street and carry plastic toys in their twenties?
I was absolutely sure that the drugs I'd eaten were bogus.
Fourteen years later, I want to paint again, only this time I want to do it without all the psychedelics and plastic shower curtains and nihilistic angst.