Creativity and art making really isn’t magic. All it really is is asking a lot of questions, doing a lot of hard work, investigating, digging, making, throwing away, starting over, and plowing forward.

As The Iteration Project jumpstarts itself again, we wanted to share a few things we’ve been mulling over the past several months to help you jumpstart yourself (if you need it).

We’re calling it the TIP Manifesto. For now.

  1. Take notice of the things that interest you or questions that draw you in. What are you asking yourself?
  2. How can you go about discovering answers to that question or learning more about that thing that interests you?
  3. Tackle the thing that scares you the most, first.
  4. We don’t know what we don’t know. So, throw yourself off into an abyss of darkness and you’ll find the light.
  5. Don’t ever have the answer before you begin.
  6. Find a friend and tell them all about the thing.
  7. Do the thing. Do it again. And again. And again. And again. Until you get tired of it. Then do it again. Do it until it breaks apart and you see it in a totally new light. Because there is always more to it than you think.
  8. Find a friend and ask them to do the thing.
  9. Put a showing on the calendar that you can’t get out of no matter how much you want to.
  10. Share the thing. Because people should know.


This manifesto? It’s because of them…Banning Bouldin, Lauren Slone, Joy Davis, Loren Davidson, Dan Wagoner, Tim Glenn, Alex Ketley, Lisa Hall McKee, Jill Frere, Jenna Del Monte and all the other risk takers, pushers, questioners, make-shit-happen-ers out there. Thank you.

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