Things Are What You Make of Them

Things Are What You Make of Them

Life Advice for Creatives

Paperback - 2017
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"Insights and inspiration for anyone who makes art (or anything else). From the creative mind and heart of Adam J. Kurtz comes this quirky, upbeat rallying cry for creators of all stripes. Expanding on a series of popular guides he's created for Design*Sponge, this handwritten and heartfelt little book shares wisdom and empathy from one working artist to others"--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: New York, NY : TarcherPerigee/Penguin Random House, [2017]
ISBN: 9780143131519
0143131516
Characteristics: 130 pages ; 17 cm
Additional Contributors: Bonney, Grace

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JCLEmmaF Jan 25, 2019

Wow wow wow. I cannot recommend this book enough to anyone who is a person, a creative, or a person doing creative work. Rather than giving you every answer, sometimes Kurtz simply asks you the good questions. I love the way it's handwritten and quick. I love the way it addresses relationship with self, relationship with work and people, and also the creative and business sides of things. I just love this quick, colorful, motivating little book.

Some quotes I appreciated:
"You are both a tool and a weapon with the ability to choose how to wield yourself in every situation. The continued act of existence is an ongoing manifestation of this power."
"You're kind of an idiot, but it's going to be okay."
"'I'm too--' Really? That's the fear we're going with? You could let this rule your entire life... what doesn't work in one place is exactly right in another. Let your work speak for itself."

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