Like a troop of NASA engineers, I'm scurrying about in search of something to haul out onto the creativity launchpad. In other words, I'm finding myself digging into odd subjects in search of a project to work on. This morning something sputtered and almost ignited. My answer, let those rocket engines shoot flock! Say what? Okay, some explanation is in order.
Before I get into describing the potential project, describing circumstances that led up to the scenario as well as some of the problems I'm grappling with might help give an understanding of my behaviors.
Being injured always messes me up. The downtime is problematic because I'm not able to concentrate or do things in any real capacity. In this case, I'd slipped a disc in my lower back. Fortunately, I'm recovering rapidly and am moving about. No lifting of course but I can deal with that. The main problem is a sense of depression that sets in. I suspect it serves a purpose to shut me down enough so that I'm not trying to be active when injured. There are other forces at work too but depression is a detrimental culprit I can drive away.
Mind you, I always have a tidal wave of emotions crashing about in my head. At the moment, the pharmacist in my brain is busy for several reasons: I'm on the mend, I'm jonesing for some creativity and as I've become acutely aware, spring time is basically here. Mending and spring time urges only add to the need to find that creative outlet. The reptilian part as well as the childish overlord in my mind require distraction so I find myself surfing. It proves to be both helpful and harmful to surf. It supplies fuel for the inspiration but it also reminds me of things I'd rather not focus on at the moment. Soooo, finding a project that triggers a critical mass inspiration explosion is important. I'm so close too.
But what about having a lack of free time due to work and classes? Won't that get in the way of a side project? While time is not something I have in abundance, it doesn't stop me from squeezing in half hour here or there to work on things. More importantly, having a primary short-term goal is critical for me because being idle is not my idea of fun. If I'm exhausted and can't move another inch, then rest is necessary but my mind seeks out creative outlets. There's a sensation that comes from feeling the light-bulb effect happen when I find a workable seed idea that's rather addictive. Just what I need ay? A dopamine rush or whatever the heck it is.
I can feel ideas rattling around in my head. For all my rambling in this post, the external matter that is important is the fact I've found something interesting enough to do further research on as a possibility. Mind you, it's likely a dead end but I won't know until I travel through the alley and see what's there. The project idea? Try this on for size, a black light poster. Not just any old black light poster, but a flocked black light poster. There in exists the critical mass trigger because the process is not described directly on the web or in books. It requires digging, research as well as a lot of trial and error.
Making a black light poster isn't impossible as considerable information exists on how to work with fluorescent inks and paints. Write ups about flocking exist too but usually in other contexts. I've found no information as of yet about combining the two to recreate posters like the old-school psychedelic posters that had outlived their heyday and turned passé by the time I was a kid. Finding something no one is spending a lot of time working on makes it more interesting because I can rediscover (innovate) independently. There is considerable merit in not being with the pop crowd in the fact I can do what I want without worrying about trends.
My experience with printmaking should provide me with enough understanding of terminology and techniques even though I still have so much more to learn. Will I be able to figure anything out for a flocked black light poster? Well, I'll find out when I get there.