Are you ever too old to be creative?

Although it is Friday the thirteenth, this may be an unusually lucky day for me. I’m sitting over in Mellow Moods with John Case (post our 7:30 – 9:00 AM radio show on WSHC) where we are meeting on a proposed revision of Clifford OdetsWaiting for Leftywhich we are framing

CraftWorks

inside the Occupy Movement. With music, yet.

Later this morning I have an appointment at CraftWorks over in Charles Town WV where they are looking for a part-time guy with arts administration experience (like me) who’s willing to be paid for ten hours at a low rate but actually work for twenty or thirty. A retired guys’ dream. I hope I do well at the interview… had a good conversation with their Director yesterday.

A Lubalin Masterpiece

I started getting interested in doing some type-oriented graphic design work, something I haven’t really done since the U-Design years in Hartford. One way to get inspired for that is to ramble through the works of my favorite graphic designer, Herb Lubalin. He’s been dead for three decades now (he died on MY BIRTHDAY, May 24), but many of his designs and logos are still being used and much of his work will live forever.rpiece

Bradley Sanders

I get such a thrill out of seeing what Lubalin did with type (he’s one of the reasons I started designing typefaces in the 80s… Avant Garde kicked me over the edge when I saw what letters could do when they interact.)  I’m going to work on a couple of experimental pieces… one supporting my Saturday show on WSHC… then see if any of the local non-profits are willing to giver me a try.

I saw Bradley Sanders of the Folly when John and I came into the Mood earlier and told him I’d like to learn how to weld. I have some ideas for metal sculpture that I’d like to carry out and Bradley was encouraging. One more thing to keep from the boredom of retirement.


So at 65 I’m getting ready to move ahead.

About btchakir

Retired Theatre Producer, Graphic Designer, Usability Tester and General Troubleshooter with a keen interest in Politics and The Stage. Currently heard on WSHC, 89.7 FM (on line at www.897wshc.org) and occasionally dabbling in Community Theatre.

Posted on January 13, 2012, in Announcement, Art, Arts, Business, creativity, Dreams, Family, Interview, Job Seeking, News, Opinion, radio, Theatre and Art, Word from Bill and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Aw, Bill, you’re just a kid. Before this year is over I’ll have hit the three-quarter-century mark. Know what I’m doing to get ready for it? I’m writing a book.

    No, never on that creativity question. If you keep moving fast enough, old age can’t catch up, and if you go creative you’ll have nothing but fun.

    Good luck on your new ventures. Break a leg. . .

    Mona

  2. Yay for staying occupied, ha ha!! (Just ignore the age thing, it’s just a construct perpetrated by drug companies and their ilk…)

  3. Good luck in your endeavors…..keep movin’ and groovin cuz! Move it,use it or loose it.

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