Paper Tower, part deux, and other thoughts on week one







So I did finish my paper tower after 6 failed attempts.  Each iteration gave me new ideas on what to discard and what to tweak to get it to stand.  I did use Bristol board, a thick and stiff paper.   I learned quite a bit about Intelligent Fast Failure during the process, much of it intuitive and hard to put into words.  And I have a new respect for the value of failing and trying again.

I did a CENTER list, and I wonder if it will change in different circumstances and different groups.   I have a Myers-Briggs score of INFP – introvert, intuitive, feeling, and perceiving. I know INFPs dislike self-assessment (I know I feel this way), so I may write what I want other people to know about me, rather than be absolutely truthful

 My CENTER answers:
1. Character.  I am…a compassionate, accepting person, Introvert, Intuitive, feeling, perceptive, a healer
2. Entrepreneurship.   I take smart risks and run smart experiments toward my dream of…building a healthy, sustainable community.  Expressing my artist self. 
3. Ownership.  I choose…to take on projects that I think ‘someone’ should do.  To live in the world today as I would like it to be tomorrow. 
4. Tenacity.  I will hold on in my pursuit of…personal growth and impeccability.  Using excellent communication skills.  Doing things afraid. 
5. Excellence.  I will commit & focus hard work in gaining skill in …communication, leadership and mentorship, giving and receiving feedback, art, ritual 
6. Relationships.  My family is…those related to me by marriage, blood, friendship, shared vision and philosophy, companion animals, and all things on earth and in the universe
My home is in St Louis and on the earth 
I also found out that I am mildly adaptive, which sounds about right.  I know I am better at building on other people’s ideas and I am good at bringing things from the thought into the reality.  
I created my life ring, too, and I think I may have missed the point of the whole exercise.  Some of the items in my sub lists and things I do regularly, some are things I would like to do.  Again, was I writing for an audience instead of myself?
I think the most important thing I learned this week was the power of failure.  I found the process of failing, changing, failing, scrapping a train of thought, trying again, etc. very informative.  
Fellow Quadbloggers, what are you thinking about this week’s course work?  What’s working for you, what leaves you wondering?  Arden



Paper Towers

#CIC posted most of lesson 1 today, so I got started reading and watching and getting hands-on.  One of the activities was to take a sheet of paper and make the tallest structure I could.  I began by making a tube, tearing strips down it, and pulling the torn parts up from the middle.  It stood up, but it wasn’t very tall.  Next I tried tearing the paper into one long strip and twisting it like yarn.  Very tall, but wouldn’t stand up, even when doubled.  My next idea is to make a house of cards sort of thing.  It involves a lot of tearing, which is painful to my arthritic thumbs (would using scissors be cheating, I wonder?).  Other ideas: using thicker paper–I have a nice assortment of art papers that might be more useful than copy paper.  Cheating–using wire, tape, glue, stiffener.  Or lying my paper tower on it’s side and photographing it that way.  I think I will try different paper and the house of cards idea, with scissors.  I wonder how small I can make my cards and still have them stand independently?  

I have noticed in my own creative process, that things go through what I have dubbed the “ugly phase.”  It is especially noticeable when I do figure drawings.  I get the drawing all blocked out and measured, and in proportion, and then the ugly phase begins.  My drawing looks really horrible for the next hour or so.  Things are wrong and have to be fixed, the shadows or the face or whatever require reworking, I see bits and details the I want to work in.  I thought today, that probably many of the creative projects I work on go through an ugly phase before working themselves out in the end.  And I wonder how many things I have given up when they enter the ugly phase, not knowing that it is a part of the process.

About me

Hello, fellow quadbloggers.  This is my first blog.  I am happier making images than writing, and I will write faithfully for this class.

I am a retired psychiatric nurse and current art student.  I am a life-long learner (the art degree will give me my 6th set of letters behind my name).  I live in St Louis, Missouri with my husband, my daughter, her husband and 2 children.  My son and his family live close by.  I also share my home with 2 dogs, 24 chickens, and 6 cats (no, I am not a crazy cat lady–most of the cats belong to my daughter and I’m a sucker for stray kittens).  I am a founding member and corporate secretary for The Grove, Inc. ( which is devoted to the conscious transformation of ourselves and our community, supporting a vision of a healthy and sustainable world.  We are hoping to begin offering on-line options next year.  And that is why I am taking this class: I want to learn about creativity, innovation, and change in the education of adults.  And I want to experience how it’s done.  I hope to be able to devote lots of time and effort to this class, and I am feeling a bit overwhelmed with the beginning of the semester.  I know this feeling will pass, and it is very immediate to me right now.  I hope to get you all as we participate in this class and this quadblog.  Arden