The American Sampler, produced by 50×70 is a limited edition box set of six tedious reproductions of Sister Corita Kent’s serigraphs. It was recently released in honor of Corita’s career of being an artist and educator, whose work reflected her spirituality, commitment to social justice, and hope for peace.
This limited collection includes a 40 page book on the life and practice of Sister Kent. Included in the book are Corita’s rules that every student and teacher should follow which i find to be very practical no matter where we are in our profession as artists or designers.
Find a place you trust and then try trusting it for a while.
General duties of a student: pull everything out of your teacher. Pull everything out of your fellow students.
General duties of a teacher: pull everything out of your students.
Consider everything an experiment.
Be self disciplined. This means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self disciplined is to follow in a better way.
Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make.
The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all of the work all the time who eventually catch on to things.
Don’t try to create and analyze at the same time. They’re different processes.
Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It’s lighter than you think.
“We’re breaking all of the rules. Even our own rules. And how do we do that (?) By leaving plenty of room for x quantities.” —John cage
Helpful hints: Read anything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully, often. Save everything it might come in handy later. There should be new rules next week.
Please visit corita.org to learn more about the life and work of Sister Corita Kent.