Open Up Your Cabinet of Curiosities

In the follow-on book, Show Your Work! 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered, Austin Kleon talks about the art-stealing process in reverse. Doing the giving rather than stealing. Here are my reflections on the topic in the book.

Don’t be a Hoarder

The things we like to experience, collect, and learn about might not be all that different from what we can create.

It is OK to use our taste as the guide for our creation. Absorbing and creating can feed off each other and form a virtuous cycle.

Our taste and influence are worth sharing because they tell the world who we are about.

No Guilty Pleasure

Kleon said that “dumpster diving” is one of the jobs of the artist.

Many sources of inspiration came from artists who are willing to pay attention to the stuff others had discarded.

The world is full of hidden gems. Sometimes all it takes is the willingness to search for those treasures in places other people are not willing or able to go.

Being open and honest about what you like is the best way to connect with those who appreciate what you appreciate.

Credit is Always Due

Share other’s work with care and respect. Crediting other’s work is the right thing to do.

In fact, when it comes to sharing other people’s work, proper attribution is not just nice-to-have.

Crediting is a must-do.