Tue Jun 15 2021

Lessons from “Steal Like an Artist”

A great little discovery I made this week is Austin Kleon's trilogy of books on creativity. His first one, Steal Like An Artist outlines 10 things to keep you on track in your creative pursuits. I highly recommend giving it a read – it's a very artistic and tactile book, great for whipping out when you need a quick boost – but here are some of my key takeaways:

1️⃣ There's no such thing as originality, everything is a mashup. "Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again." – Andre Gide.

2️⃣ Artists are collectors, not hoarders. We absorb what strikes a chord with us. So, surround yourself with people, things, places and ideas that are good for you. You're only as good as what you're surrounded by.

3️⃣ Hang pictures of the artists you love on the walls in your office. Let them guide and encourage you while you work.

4️⃣ Bring your body to work. Step away from the screen and go analogue, using your hands and senses to get stuck in – think post-its, pencils, cutting and sticking. The computer enables the perfectionist in us with that all-too-easy delete key, so release the pressure and get messy.

5️⃣ Some people will misinterpret you and what you do. Get comfortable with it. Be too busy creating to care.

Hope this helps!