#15 Challenge & Spirit

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Sev­er­al months ago I dis­cov­ered a fan­tas­tic web­site about every­thing ITALIAN. That side of my her­itage is most like­ly where I get my artis­tic tal­ent and most sure­ly my tem­per. (The oth­er half is Ger­man which is prob­a­bly why I’m a design­er rather than a sculp­tor or painter, and very glad I am.)

 
They say you’re either Ital­ian or you love Ital­ian! So this won­der­ful web­site is for all you Ital­ians and those who wish you were: 

 www.italialiving.com

While perus­ing this beau­ti­ful and infor­ma­tive site, I came to a very heart­felt note by the web­site’s founder, Richard J. Michel­li, that his broth­er Ray­mond, 36 years old, had just passed away. He was chal­lenged by Duchenne Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy and con­fined to a wheel­chair most of his life. 
 
Then I read the sen­tence that tore my heart out, as it remind­ed me of some of my own friends who were phys­i­cal­ly challenged: 

Ray­mond was admired for his endur­ing resolve to tran­scend his lim­i­ta­tions and live each moment to the fullest, as he put a smile on the face of every­one he met.” Each and every attribute applies to those friends I know per­son­al­ly who are so accept­ing, so per­se­ver­ing, so full of spir­it in spite of their debil­i­tat­ing chal­lenge. I need look no fur­ther, I real­ized, than the words post­ed by Ray­mond’s friends, as well as his obit­u­ary, to cre­ate my Amper­Art trib­ute. Every sin­gle word on this piece is tak­en ver­ba­tim from those sources.

Feb­ru­ary, with its cel­e­bra­tion of Valen­tines Day and Pres­i­dents Day, is the month of love, courage and deter­mi­na­tion. With those val­ues in mind, I hon­or the incred­i­ble spir­it of phys­i­cal­ly chal­lenged indi­vid­u­als, in the form of my lat­est Amper­Art piece, “Chal­lenge & Spirit.”

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#7 In & Out

#7 In & Out

Amper­Art #7: In & Out
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Hats, helmets and hardhats off to the workforce!

Whether we work 9 to 5, part time, grave­yard, free­lance, or own our own For­tune 500 com­pa­ny, we real­ly do clock in and out. Every moment we’re dri­ving to work, dri­ving a nail, answer­ing email, court­ing a client, or just day­dream­ing about an inven­tion, we are “clocked in.”

And every moment we are “clocked in” we are adding to the val­ue of some­body’s exis­tence, whether through a prod­uct, a pro­fes­sion, or serv­ing a blue plate spe­cial (like my mom did, and always with a smile).

If you are “clocked out” this week­end, enjoy the Labor Day fes­tiv­i­ties. And if you are work­ing, know that your con­tri­bu­tion to what makes this coun­try tick is tru­ly appreciated.


listen up!Work, work, work

Every sin­gle thing I’m touch­ing, look­ing at or lis­ten­ing to right now was made by some­one, or most like­ly hun­dreds of peo­ple, who trad­ed their time, tal­ent, exper­tise, and hard labor for a paycheck.

This mon­i­tor, for exam­ple: the min­ers for the phos­pho­rs; the prod­uct design­ers; the engi­neers; the oil­men who drill for the plas­tic; the sol­der­ers; the print­ers for the UL stick­er; the book­keep­ers, ship­pers, and truck dri­vers; the elec­tri­cal con­trac­tors who sup­ply the pow­er; the tech sup­port; and yes, the graph­ic design­ers who cre­at­ed the pack­ag­ing, adver­tis­ing and instruc­tion manual.
I was lis­ten­ing to an inter­view by the late Bud­dy Rich, jazz drum­mer. When asked if he enjoys his work as a drum­mer, he replied, “Work? What work? I play!”

I love what I do for “work.” Design­ing logos, books, ads and pack­ag­ing; brain­storm­ing with clients; and the thrill of see­ing the first piece off the press is more excit­ing than an exot­ic vaca­tion (some­times just as expen­sive when there’s a typo).

I hope you enjoy what you do, what­ev­er it is. If you don’t, do some­thing else. We do have that choice. If you need some inspi­ra­tion please con­tact me. I am grate­ful that I get to enjoy the earn­ing part of earn­ing a liv­ing, and I’m hap­py to share how it’s pos­si­ble for any­one else.

I love work so much, in fact, I’m going to work on my tan at the pool this Labor Day weekend.

Hap­py Labor Day!