Even If Nobody Cares

"I just want to make beautiful things even if nobody cares" print by EeeBee & Jack

Lately I’ve felt as though my creative life could use a mild infusion of irreverence…As though I could benefit from hiring a voice-over artist to whisper in my ear every now and then with reminders like, “It’s okay to spend a year writing that Gothic novel you’ve always dreamed of,” or, “Gosh darn it, stop working on the projects you think will get you noticed and start working on the ones you just plain love.” Although hiring a smooth talker for this purpose would be a gross mismanagement of funds if ever I saw one, following these words of advice, throwing caution to the wind, and approaching my passion projects with more – uhh – passion and less practicality would be anything but a mismanagement of time. And, since I’ve wandered through the past few weeks feeling this ache for some kind of catalyst to kick me in my play-it-safe pants, I could have sworn I heard a Barry White impersonator hop onto my shoulder and start cooing the other day when I stumbled across this Saul Bass quote on the glorious beast that is the Internet…

“I just want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares.”

-Saul Bass

This idea of working and doing every other thing we do for the sole purpose of creating beauty is something I’m really going to try to live by in the coming months, and I can only hope it will make me feel centered and more happy with my artistic endeavors. In the process of shrugging off (or at the very least postponing) scavenger hunts for the approval of others, I will likely produce some scripts, paintings, and short stories that will never find an audience, but – the way I see it – I’m bound to do that anyway. So, I figure we all may as well just dive into the depths of our passion projects – if we’re lucky we’ll come up for air with a piece of work that catches someone’s eye, and if we’re even luckier we’ll never feel the need to come up for air to begin with.. Are you with me? Leave a comment.

You can find the above print (in a variety of colors, no less) in EeeBee & Jack’s Etsy Shop.

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4 Responses to Even If Nobody Cares

  1. Emily says:

    You nailed it on the head for me! Oy I let others stop the creative me dead in my tracks all too often. This might need to be pastered all over my desk, thanks for sharing!

  2. Tiffany says:

    I just have to identify with this quote. Also, it adds meaning to what you’re doing :)

  3. Coté says:

    I hope you do cover your desk in this quote, Emily – sounds like a fabulous idea! :) I know I can use all the visual help I can get to remind me to silence my inner critic (and drown out the voices of others) so I can just create. Here’s to never letting others stop us. :)

  4. Coté says:

    Thank you, Tiffany! I really love the idea of focusing on just creating beauty, because I feel it also somehow frees me up to put care into everything I do…By this, I mean that I think it makes me feel better about creating lots of different art (not just the kind of art I do for my job), and it inspires me to make beautiful things even if they’re just for my home. I’m so glad to hear you feel the same way. :)

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