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Issue 69: Editor's Letter
This is our Imagination issue. It is filled with bright ideas, New Age thinking, beautiful minds, creative allies and eccentric souls who have dared to give in to their own convictions and create something new, but who, most of all, are true to themselves.
The people in these pages explode with personality. They refuse to give in to the mundane, are too hungry to wait for inspiration and they use their fear of failure to drive them. Prolific or anonymous, from the ever-mysterious Jamie Bochert on our cover to Demna Gvasalia and the Vetements team, they set the tone for our brave new world.
Many, of course, are artists, as they, more than others, know how to wriggle free from the paralysis of pragmatism and how not to feel guilty for their desire – or rather, need – to create. As Henri Matisse said, “Another word for creativity is courage”.
Recently, I mustered the audacity to be more like I want to be. I stopped living life through my phone and started making things with my hands. It began with pulling old furniture out of a shed and sanding it back to its natural state. I ruined my jeans and lost track of time but I felt completely alive. It may not sound a bold and daring move but for me it was the start of something. I’d broken the habit of the constant distractions that had been stopping me from embracing the here and now. I was so logged out I felt no fear of missing out and while my laptop was shut, my mind was more hard at work than ever.
If you want the freedom to be yourself then, like us, be inspired by those we celebrate here; focus your energies, take risks, find synergies, champion causes, have real conversations, be out of touch with public opinion and give your full attention to the things that really interest you. Avoid the negativity that makes you question the kind of person you are and, most of all, stop seeing your creativity as an indulgence. It may just be your way out.