1) As a maker, I will work with slow principles in mind.
Engage, Participate and Ritual will be especially relevant to my practice. I will design the world I want to live in, not for the one that currently exists.
2) Build a skill-share community. This will be central to start creating a system for active and ecologically conscious individuals.
The creation of a radical alternative to consumerist lifestyle requires the creation of an accessible counter culture; the ability to opt-out of unethical practices by taking charge, making and fixing. This community of co-operative creative minds will be the root of a cultural revolution.
An open source maker spaces with a library of tools reduces design elitism and the feeling of over-intellectualisation, making it more relaxed and accessible to passive consumers.
3) Surround yourself with a personal museum.
All objects will have a story, history or personal significance, inspire creativity and represent my values. Do not get taken in by novelty tat and consumerist impulses.
4) Let yourself be childlike and spontaneous
Taking yourself too seriously causes self-inflicted stress. Laughing and being playful releases endorphins.
When we suppress our emotions it can lead to strained relationships. I believe you shouldn’t apologize for the emotions you have but use wisdom to analyse why you have them.
5) Ground Yourself
I find it helpful to go into nature and let your primal self take over. Take your shoes off and walk on bare ground in the woods on the beach, you connect with the earth and the sensations let you feel more instinctive. When you focus yourself on your senses and be mindful about every breath you take and every smell you discover.
6) What would John do?
This one is very personal to me specifically, but I believe everyone has their own version of ‘John’, even if they are imaginary. It’s someone who you look up to and admire. It’s useful to admire someone else’s traits and apply them to yourself as it’s easier to see good things about other people, so you can them apply them to yourself.