In the same way Something Creative Every Day just kinda started itself in 2009 and just kinda stopped happening three and a half years later, the Ricky Trickartt daily nonsense project has just kinda reincarnated itself.
Letting SCED come to a halt last spring felt right – not having to think (the thinking was definitely the hardest part!) of something to make every day brought me a small sense of liberation, but as 2013 rolled on, the liberation gave way to a kind of absence. I was missing the challenge, so I started pondering how to bring it back and make it better than before.
The one thing that was abundantly clear from the original run was the project’s lack of focus. It was part of its charm, sure, but it was also making the project hard to define, so that was the thing to fix if SCED was to return. I began pondering different strategies and sorting through the archive to see how they would work – I considered colour-themed months, daily robots, canvas restrictions and more, but nothing seemed to add the right kind of focus to the project.
Instagram is where all the cool kids are these days, and I’ve been posting random creations there sporadically for the past year, including the odd post-it. One of these post-it doodles suddenly turned into a week of daily postings, and before I could figure out how to focus the project’s return, here we are a month later with 28 daily post-it-postings. Oh god, it’s happening again!
When it comes to using post-it notes for daily creative outbursts, I’d like to acknowledge the incredibly talented Aaron Hartline, The Daily Post-it (seriously, look at how amazing this is!). He is an animator at Pixar who started following me on Twitter a couple of years back, I guess because we were sharing the intersecting worlds of daily creations and a love of post-it notes. He’s got focus!
Anyway, like the original SCED, I’ve no idea how long this is going to last, or if anything good will come of it, but I’m going to enjoy doing it for the time being. I’ll see how it goes, and if you follow me on Instagram, then we can see where it ends up together!