A Change of Art

(First of all, sorry for the pun in the title. I couldn’t resist)

Today I’m announcing a shift in the way things work around here at KyleMakesThings.com.

For the last few months I’ve been posting something new every weekday. But starting today (or actually, starting yesterday, because I didn’t post anything then) , I’m not doing that anymore.

Instead, I’ll post things as I have things to post. It won’t be every day, or every week, or on any set schedule at all. Sometimes I might post three things in a week, and sometimes I might not post anything I’ve made for several weeks in a row.

Why am I doing this?

I started with the intention of making something new every day. But what I quickly realized was that that constraint meant that I could only really post things that could be made relatively quickly. I had to post something new every weekday, which meant that I had to average making five new things a week.

The consequences of this were that I was restricted to making things that were relatively small, relatively simple, and relatively easy. Some of these things turned out really cool. Others didn’t.

As time went on, I realized that I wasn’t making the kind of things that really interest me, because those things wouldn’t fit into the parameters of the project. I wanted to experiment with bigger sculptures, longer videos, more time-intensive art forms. But those things don’t work when you have to crank out five new things a week.

What about your commitment to do a year of this?

You know, I thought about that a lot as I was making this decision. But ultimately, I believe that quitting something is not a bad thing. In fact, I think the most successful people are the ones who are quickest to pivot when they realize their plan isn’t working. And “pivot” is just a fancy word for “quit and pick something new.”

At the end of the day, my commitment is to make cool stuff and share it with people . Along the way, my commitment is to explore the creative process in a public way. I remain as committed as ever to that. But I’m not as committed to what form that takes.  Part of the creative process is figuring out what works and what doesn’t.

Is this your way of putting KyleMakesThings on the back burner?

No way! If anything, this is my way of ramping it up to what I’ve wanted it to be all along.

The initial intention of this site was for me to share my experience with the creative process. Making something every weekday was supposed to be a PART of that, but I also had plans for making courses about creativity, sharing thoughts about the creative process, etc. Unfortunately, the actual MAKING of the stuff was the only thing I really had time for. That wouldn’t have been so bad, but I wasn’t even all that crazy about all the stuff I made.

With this shift, I’ll be making cooler stuff, but it’ll just take longer. And by freeing myself from the schedule of “something new every weekday”, I’ll have more time to document what I’m learning along the way, as well as to develop more resources to help other people in their own creative journeys.

What kind of projects will you be working on now that you couldn’t do before?

Oh, I’ve got all sorts of cool stuff in the works. For one thing, I want to experiment with some bigger pieces, especially the cardboard stuff. So stay tuned for that.

In addition, I want to do more with the audio/visual side of things. I’ve got some video ideas, some podcast ideas, and some other things that just take more time. But they’re totally worth it.

Hopefully this post answers whatever questions you may have. Hopefully you’re as excited as I am for what’s ahead, because big things are coming.

Thanks friends! Happy holidays!

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