Taming the empty page

It's a little while now that I wanted to raise here the issue of writing and drawing in its practical aspects without using any disposable equipments and how I explore ideas, hoping that my little habits may interest some of you.

Around the void

My hands, my head and the white page. Intuitions, vague idea, everything to create. If I had to share with you my greatest learning on the process of creating ideas, it is that you should never wait the "right time" to start. Because around the void, there is an imaginary structure, as random sentences. On that white paper I see the scales that I would have to climb, surfaces that I should explore, ideas that I should touch. I try to observe things with the greatest possible sensitivity to stimulates my senses interacting with each other. In these moments I live in the inner or rather in a sequence of insides. And because of this pervasive interiority, design matters more: it becomes a collective activity which replaces the old notions of destiny. We are, for better or for worse, in charge of the design of our world in its totality, from materials to buildings, from the management of local natural resources to answering bigger challenges such as global warming.

Crucial equipment

Every month I was throwing away one plastic ballpoint pen. Desperate of filling my bin this way, I changed to a pen with a refillable ink tank. It took me a few weeks to decide myself on this replacement. I tested, hopeless, all pens of all Brussels art shops before admitting that the Parker pen with black ink suited me best.

Sound in the ears

In general, I do not like to work in silence. Some soundscapes have an interesting immersive power. I let you discover these ones:

I do also listen very often to random playlists on Soundcloud and 22Tracks.

Writing and drawing, you know, it's a little bit like making sure you exist. It's about delivering an idea, a fiction, a sensation, at one precise moment. It's also a quest for differentiation and a re-interpretation of the fluid boundary between the author and the reader/user.