Fly your own bird

“Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” — Oscar Wilde One of my favorite episodes on the hilarious Portlandia series is the one that popularized the phrase: “Put a bird on it.” Now listed in urban dictionaries, the expression refers to any creative trend that’s become so common that it’s a cliche. If you haven’t seen the […]

Creative name calling

Every artist was first an amateur.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson Shopping at Michael’s last summer, I was paying for an armload of craft supplies when a chatty customer behind me asked what I was planning to make. “€œYou must be an artist,”€ she said, after I told her I was starting a new collage. Me, […]