For the last 24 hours, I’ve kept my phone, iPad and computer turned off, and shut away in my office. I was feeling horribly overwhelmed, as I often am – sick of social media, and everything digital. I’ve been playing with bits of paper instead.
And yet… I also rely on digital devices. I mean, I’m back in the office now, writing this on my computer, with the phone and iPad beside me. (And you’re presumably reading it on one of yours.)
What’s more, I consider myself to have done a lot of recovery during the pandemic by sharing on Instagram and getting a warm reception (more than other platforms, not sure why).
In a desperate and (I daresay) mad effort to create some middle ground between digital revulsion and that warm reception, I recently came up with the idea to build alongside Instagram my own “Outstagram”.
What is Outstagram?
I’m going to create a few physical booklets, gathering together curated drawings from the ones I post online, and send these booklets in the post to people who would like to receive them – along with a way for you to leave comments and “likes”.
(I promise I won’t mind if you don’t.)
I only ask that you pay postage, to send the book to the next person – and actually do send it, because I’d like the booklets back!
In the picture at the top of this page, and the others below, you can see how I created the first of these booklets, using thumbnails from a series in which I have drawn myself into (currently) 54 artworks of the past.
For now, this is only open to people who subscribe to my email newsletter. , so I can work out if I need to send it to people in different countries etc etc.
PS. If you are a fellow “creative” (pretentious word, but you know what I mean), please
think about joining my Whizzy Group – a place to share ideas, and mutual encouragement.