micro tasks and big momentum
Inspirations and musings on building a life (and business) in creativity

Dear Reader,

I am a collector. I purchase fat quarters that pile up in a happy colourful stack (whether they become a quilt is sort of beside the point). My obsession with typewriters and related ephemera is now a book project. I have old postcards, stamps, assorted haberdashery, buttons, vintage tins… so many different gathering of things. And ultimately, with UPPERCASE magazine, I’m a collector of ideas and imagery, gathering together like-minded people and pictures into each issue.

When you run your own business, you also become a collector of tasks. Unfortunately, my daily to-do list is not an elegantly curated menu of glamorous activities. I’m an unwilling hoarder of a to-do list! It is an infinite scroll of tasks that seems to expand as quickly as I can check each item off. Database management, shipping logistics, customer queries, accounting… As creative people in business, we struggle against the obstacles that take time away from the “fun” stuff. 

So I’m changing my mindset. Rather than resenting mundane or arduous tasks, I’m going to take pleasure in the small things and appreciate the necessity of the micro tasks. I’m also going to divide my day: half for the small tasks that are a tour-de-force of multitasking and the other half of my day will be for concentrating on a single big-picture project like design or editorial development. If the small tasks pile up, so be it. They will wait for me.

Let's not end our day stressed over the things that we didn’t get done. Let's celebrate the things that we did accomplish, no matter how small.

Taking a step back, I can see that all those micro tasks add up to something. Together, they build a mass with momentum that keeps us moving forward.

"I've been collecting small plastic objects since I was a small child. I've always enjoyed the close-up wonder of their detail and the incredible fact of their design and manufacture for very little purpose. I have assembled enough of a collection, now, to use them as a medium in their own right." 

– Jane Housham

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"Colour makes me happy in every way." 

"I'm very colour sensitive and somehow they need to be in a particular order otherwise it messes with my mind. Especially if we're talking colour samples or even backs of notebooks in a shop: I always put them in my colour scheme. Crazy, I know, but that is what colour does to me. My work is usually plain as it contains too many textures to glaze but I love to play with colour when I'm not using textures." 

We featured Mitsy in issue 5 (out of print) and over here. Discover more of Mitsy's work on her blog.
Kristin Texeira paints to provide proof—for herself and others—of having existed in certain moments in time. She paints to capture, document and preserve memories. She paints the essence of moments through colour by mixing up the poetics of people and places.

What is your first memory of painting?

My earliest, earliest memory was when I was about three or four years old. I used to stay at my grandmother’s house during the day while my mom was at work and my gram would let me paint whatever I wanted, wherever I wanted. Sometimes she would let me paint on the windowsill—watercolours on the windowsill. My grandfather would get mad but she let me do it.

You’ve said that your work is about linking memories with colour. When did you begin making this connection?

This is when it happened: I was outside one day when I was a freshman at MassArt. The sun was setting and the tops of the trees were a crazy saturated orange. I was mixing the colour on the spot in my mind. I was thinking, it’s going be a little bit of cad yellow and a little bit of ochre and little baby bit of cerulean blue. I went straight home and painted what I could remember of those concoctions, to seal that memory on a piece of paper. From then on I was always thinking that this was how I could prove that a moment existed. If I am always observing and appreciating these subtleties, I can constantly be present and awake in a moment. If I take note of what I’m looking at and pinpoint the colours I’m taking in, I’ll be able to preserve it.

Read the full interview by Tammy Lamoureux in issue 22. (Portrait by Tammy Lamoureux.)
Who and what is UPPERCASE?

UPPERCASE publishes books and magazines for the creative and curious: products that spark the imagination and inspire creativity. The eponymous magazine was founded in 2009 by publisher, editor and designer Janine Vangool who continues to wear pretty much every hat imaginable. The quarterly print magazine is loved by 3600 (and counting!) subscribers around the world. Truly an independent magazine, UPPERCASE is supported by its readers through subscriptions and by a roster of stockists.
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