The Listen Podcast is all about the power of letting others tell their story: in their own words, at their own pace, highlighting what is most important to them. In the full hour we spent together, I decided to focus on the origin story of my work with second-hand clothing, growing up sensitive and artistic, strategies to stay engaged in the art business and my overall work philosophy.
And if that is not enough, a family ghost story plays a part as well. Here is an excerpt: ..as my great-grandfather sat by the lake in the moonlight, he saw two figures float across the water. One was the form of his deceased wife and the other was a stranger..
For your convenience, here are Derick’s Rules of Art. Now this is not as exhaustive as Jerry Saltz‘s list, but you don’t have to read a book:
- Never turn down work, it will lead to something.
- Complaining does not usually motivate people to help you. Offering solutions and generating excitement around them, does.
- Never release anything to the world that you aren’t at least fascinated by. It does not have to be perfect, 99% of the world will never know the difference.
- Sharing the work keeps the work alive and growing.
- If you are not enthusiastic about your work, don’t expect anyone else to be.
- Don’t compete with other artists. We are stronger together.
- Deadlines are magic. Commit to an achievable time frame. When you succeed, it will push you and the work forward.
- Sometimes you have to say no to social obligations (eg. friend’s kid’s 4 year old bday party) and make art instead. You have to be a bit selfish.
- Build a mission statement. I did this many years ago and it continues to be helpful. Here is a great tool: http://msb.franklincovey.com/