Good Idea / Bad Idea

I pretty much always am trying to remind myself to write down any creative ideas I have, wether or not they are actually good. Somehow the duty seems to continue to escape me. The one thing I have realized is working towards something consistently even if just in tiny increments seems to work the best for getting anything actually done.

“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”
-Andy Worhol

Not long ago I was feeling my free time was being dictated by TV schedules and the limited amount of time I had to do anything. Or at least that’s how I felt. During the weekdays my evenings seemed like endless cycles of nothing because of it though. I suppose a small bit of it came with the touch of social anxiety. I’ve always envied guerilla film makers shooting entire scenes all around LA just showing up and not giving concern too much to the looks and jibes that may occur while there ‘in the middle of it.’ Then of course there is the bit of being a perfectionist of sorts in that truly if I don’t feel like I can do a project right the first time, I will not do it at all.

“Stop pretending art is hard.”
-Amanda Palmer

I literally just started truly working in Photoshop about 6 months ago. I always felt a little daunted and just the number of tools in the program was staggering to me. But as I really started to dig in I realized (thanks largely to tutorials on the internet) that nearly everything in Photoshop is a ‘trick.’ It is all a set of instructions that if you follow and learn to understand how they manipulate your image you can ultimately start developing your own methods of working and creating. I really like that, and have kind of started applying similar methods in my life, to me the trick usually ends up being attempting it in the first place.

“Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Edison The Chargebot

So I saw this build by Esty artist Jordan Waters and was inspired.
It took about three nights and a small learning curve/refresher in some very basic electronics but I managed to design and build this little guy who I’ve decided to name Edison. He is functional and has 2 USB charging ports as well as a standard 120 volt outlet. His head is an LED lightbulb that lights up when the switch is flipped.

In general this was fun to build but I also like it because it’s a kind of functional art which has always been a bit of a passion of mine since a friend who is an amazing artist in the medium of wood carving explained it to me when he was at ASU.

Because several people have asked, I don’t really have an interest in making this same build or selling them (unless the price was right) but what I will gladly provide here is a parts list for Edison. You will more than likely find the majority of these items at your local hardware store far cheaper. Two items that do not appear on that list that I used are an extension cord I cannibalized for all the wiring inside and the power cable as well as a clamp piece used to attach his head to the body that I had lying around from an old clamp light. I know for a fact this could be built better and certainly different for different needs, I actually would be very excited to see any new versions people come up with :)