I've had a creative block lasting a few years, but now it's 2018, it's time to start making art again, to experiment, to resist and fight, to love, and if need be, to punch some lowlifes in the face.
I've been working for the Book Art Museum in Lodz, Poland for 4 years. Mostly all kinds of maintenance and technical stuff. Like, build and set up a computer network, give technical support to some clueless Outlook user of the baby boomer generation, repair a few machines, work on Monotype casting machines... These (a composition caster and a super caster) are very fun things to tinker with, but I may write about it in another entry.
But working in a place like this made me appreciate a lot of new things: typography and graphic design, fine printing, classic and experimental typesetting using the centuries-old technology, old books, new avant-garde books, mixing antique technologies with modern stuff. For example, I made a computer control unit for a Monotype composition caster, with a possibility of making a few more for some European type foundries and printshops. I just need to develop the typesetting software for this, and I'm having a huge mental block with it...
I'm slowly getting into being a compositor and graphic artist myself, make some posters or cards, then move on to some more complex projects like books etc. And I've got a ton of inspirations coming through my brain, which can be slightly overwhelming (being autistic has something to do with it).
By the way, I'm in a loving relationship with TristeanVBaudelaire - it's a LDR with all its shortcomings, rather troubled emotionally, but deeply satisfying. I haven't ever been in a mutual love until now. I'm pretty old now (32) and maybe not as beautiful as 10 years ago, and my makeup skills have largely deteriorated (living with a homophobic and especially transphobic mother has something to do with it), but time allowing, we'll do some modelling together, and I'm planning to move out this year, then take them in and live together, go both on HRT (if you're curious: we're both amab non-binary), and get married in a few years. And it will be a big move: to the Netherlands. A radically different culture, with rainbow flags here and there, a vastly superior transit system (you can go everywhere by train, not like here), open-minded people, knowledgeable doctors, vibrant gothic scene, human-friendly cities, beautiful architecture, clean air and delicious food. Speaking of which, I'm a huge liquorice fan.
I'm also back in the music scene again. Haven't really been to any gig for 5 years (I guess my last one was Return to the Batcave in 2013, and now I went to see Wieże Fabryk in my city, I don't know how many times I've seen them live, but it's the most). My current financial situation doesn't allow me to travel (I work as a volunteer, get something like 50 PLN per week plus any additional cash I get from repairing stuff for people, and I try to save it for clothes, books, CDs/cassettes or DIY supplies), but I try as hard as I can.
I'm also checking out a lot of new and old post-punk, new wave, deathrock etc. bands I haven't listened to. Say Killing Joke, New Order, Ultravox, '90s/21st century Depeche Mode, Drab Majesty, The Soft Moon, Lebanon Hanover ("Lesbian on Hangover" as I jokingly call them), Oppenheimer Analysis, Tanzkommando Untergang, Totenwald, etc. I haven't really listened to anything new for a few years, and my new love is a huge inspiration to do this.