All images by Jeffery Rudell, used with permission.
In this podcast, I talk with Jeffery Rudell, a paper artist who creates beautiful and unexpected things from this ephemeral material. You may have seen some of Jeff’s work – he’s done paper constructions for large brands, and he’s built paper props for national magazines. He’s done paper-sculpted window displays for Tiffany & Company, and he has a wonderful archive of paper tutorials over on CraftStylish. He also has a book of Halloween silhouettes that just came out.
Jeff approaches his work from a true sense of mission, and that’s what our interview is about. How does an artist arrive at what his or her creative mission is? Once you know what your mission is, how does that change the way you work – and what you make? And how is a creative mission different from a business plan?
Jeff is also an extraordinarily articulate person with great ideas on the nature of creativity. I think you’ll enjoy hearing him speak as much as I did.
After you listen, share your thoughts!
What is YOUR creative mission? How does having a mission affect your work and life? Or if you aren’t sure what your mission is, what are some skills you have that you enjoy using? Tell us in the comments below!
Find Jeff around the web:
• You can explore Jeff’s tutorial archive over on CraftStylish.com.
• Want to chat with Jeff on Twitter? Here he is.
• This Google Image archive will show you more of his work.
• Want some Halloween silhouettes? Jeff shared a few from his book over on CRAFT.
Thinking about your creative mission? Watch these!
• This was the video that first got me thinking about missions: Jamie Oliver discusses his mission at TED.
• Bill Cunningham, a fashion photographer for the New York Times, is to me a near-perfect example of working from a sense of mission. This documentary about him is phenomenally inspiring and emotional.
• Design geeks will enjoy this film about legendary graphic designer Milton Glaser. It’ll get you thinking about why you make what you make.