Making vs Flaking

This picture was taken very late last night after I’d finished the third layer of Ascension. This will be the latest in the Structured Chaos series which I’m creating in collaboration with Ben Honebone. We have so many other projects on the go in parallel to this that finding time to work on this piece has been very difficult and frustrating during the last few weeks. I’m not being too hard on myself though and I’m actually enjoying some slow late night cutting.

Where normal people may sit on a sofa and watch TV with their evenings, I’m sat listening to music and cutting little details into paper. It looks mental and sounds mental but it’s actually very therapeutic. To take myself away from the hustle and bustle of the everyday and sink myself into a meditative creative process is the most valuable thing in the world to me. It brings me peace and relaxation in all sorts of ways.

I also get the added bonus of knowing that Ascension has a final outcome, and the reverse side will eventually be enjoyed by other people in the future. The way I choose to spend my time has a purpose and benefit which will be enjoyed by all. Making and creating is a far better way for me to relax than procrastinating and flaking out in front of the TV.

I have peace in my soul and happiness in my heart every time I cut the paper. So much so that I’m actively avoiding paperwork and important stuff (like lunch) just to make a little start on the next layer.

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