Purposely Accidental: Looking for creativity in the cracks of the everyday
Creativity thrives on failures and mistakes so is there such a thing as failures and mistakes? Or are they merely poorly written sign posts on a scenic route to creative fulfillment? Is it possible to achieve creative fulfillment? Do you care if there is? Do I care? Does anyone care? Why is my left foot bigger than my right foot and why are my ears getting hairier? Are you still reading this? Hello? Anyone?
Ben Newman, co-creator of professor Astro Cat, discusses the methods and disciplines to find creativity in the cracks of the everyday and how 7 years working behind a counter in a bookshop, a bad review from someone he admired, and a childhood obsession with cats turned into an unintentional career in Children’s book publishing.
Ben Newman has developed a distinct aesthetic over the years; a contemporary fusion of bold shapes, bright colours and playful characters which has been described as ‘bauhaus fuzzy felt.’ He has produced work for a large range of clients, including the Tate Modern, New York Times, BBC Radio 4, Apple and The New Yorker. His practice extends outside of commercial work into worldwide exhibitions, paintings and three dimensional collaborations.