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Artful Rules for Work and Life
August 4, 2010, 10:14 am
Filed under: Great Stuff

In the print lab at City College, litherland spied, half hidden under a clock, a copy of Corita Kent’s “Artful Rules for Work and Life,” developed for the Art Department of Immaculate Heart College, where she taught for over twenty years.

Her “rules” are worth quoting in full.

Rule 1 Find a place you trust and then try trusting it for a while.

Rule 2 General duties of a student: Pull everything out of your teacher. Pull everything out of your fellow students.

Rule 3 General duties of a teacher: Pull everything out of your students.

Rule 4 Consider everything an experiment.

Rule 5 Be self-disciplined. This means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.

Rule 6 Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make.

Rule 7 The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all of the work all the time who eventually catch on to things.

Rule 8 Don’t try to create and analyse at the same time. They’re different processes.

Rule 9 Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It’s lighter than you think.

Rule 10 “We’re breaking all of the rules. Even our own rules. And how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for x quantities.” —John Cage.

Helpful Hints: Always be around. Come or go to everything. Always go to classes. Read anything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully. Often save everything — it might come in handy later.


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Just how Funky Fresh have you made this blog?! Wow. Quite impressed. My idea is that if you can make a blog resonate all your enthusiasm, fun, like that Sarka new age writer, then it’s contagious. Also the patterns of the creativity when they are very much, very interconnected, vast, diverse, concentrated, it resonates a certain energy and if you have a great creative pattern, people will come, that’s what I reckon that’s what I’m holding to right now.

I made a poetry anthology out of this music website I did in a bid to promote the artists and their lyrics music. and brought in a bunch of regular poets in the mix, it’s like this cross genre thing. Check it out. Have a good day. Zub.

Comment by Zubyre Parvez

Love rule no8, go with the flow and don’t let the analytical brain interfere. Such a good thing to be able to do in business and in art!

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