Tag Archives: creativity

greater than.

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that moment

when you go to the grocery

to get some ice

for your food

after a wild and windy rainstorm

knocked your power out

 you pull out your bags of ice

only to find

a secret ice cream stash

placed there by a brilliant grocery worker

hidden for later

and your day is made.

 

 

“greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come.”

-victor hugo 

from bored to board.

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Before Professor Plum, Miss Scarlett and Colonel Mustard gathered on a game board to claim their first victim—wielding a revolver, a rope or a lead pipe -British musician Anthony Pratt was watching murder-mystery scenarios unfold in European country mansions, where he played piano. Long before that game board became a global multi-million-seller and was inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame, Pratt was taking mental notes as guests in these elegant homes play-acted dastardly crimes involving skulking, shrieking, and falling ‘dead’ to the floor.

Years later, during World War II, Pratt recreated those murder-mystery parlor games in miniature, as a board game called Murder! (later Clue). The longtime Birmingham resident, who worked in a local munitions factory during the war, invented the suspects and weapons between 1943 and 1945, as a way to pass the long nights stuck indoors during air-raid blackouts. His wife, Elva, assisted, designing it on their dining-room table.

By that time, Pratt had become something of a crime aficionado. HIs daughter Marcia Davies said her father was an avid reader of murder fiction by Raymond Chandler and others. “He was fascinated by the criminal mind,” Davies said of her father. “When I was little he was forever pointing out sites of famous murders to me.”

In 1947, Pratt patented and sold it to a U.K.-based game manufacturer named Waddington’s and its American counterpart, Parker Brothers. But because of post-war shortages the game was not released until 1949—as Cluedo in England and Clue in the United States. In both versions, the object is for players to collect clues to figure out the murder suspect, weapon and location. The game took place in a Victorian mansion. The victim’s name? Mr. Boddy.

Cluedo inventor Anthony Pratt
“is it worse to be scared than to be bored? – that is the question.”
gertrude stein

parts.

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the theory of loose parts and the right to be creative.

(kinders live this every day)

“in any environment,

both the degree of inventiveness and creativity,

and the

possibility of discovery,

are directly proportional

to the number

and kind of

variables in it.”

-theory credit: Simon Nicholson – The Theory of Loose Parts, 1971

a story in every line.

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A pencil drawing by a 16 year old Irish girl has won a National Art Competition. Shania McDonagh is tipped as a future top artist. The man she drew is a Fisherman and Seaweed Harvester named Coleman Coyne. There’s a story in every line.

 “His name is Coleman Coyne, and he’s from Connemara in County Galway. He passed away earlier this year. The portrait is done using graphite pencil, and it took around 100 hours of drawing to complete the portrait.” – Shania McDonagh

“youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.”

-stanislaw jerzy lec

 

 

 

 

 

credits: soul alchemy, word porn

great things.

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tiny kinder spent nearly an hour

 focused

working alone

not asking for any help

very carefully snipping tiny pieces

from the roll of sticky green tape

 placing them on her fringed orange paper. 

when she was happy with what she had created

her beautiful piece of art was done.

“great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”

-vincent van gogh