The harsh reality of white-painted floors like the ones in our ‘laboratory’ is that they are prone to scratching and losing their pristine look FAST. Since our plywood floors were painted a beautiful oyster shell white (THAT story to come in a later post), it has been our personal challenge to GET OVER the fact that they will get nicked, scratched, stained and who knows what else…
The solution: to view them as a canvas to paint as we wish, when we wish, WHAT we wish. We’ve started a mental file of possibilities. The zig-zag pattern on this rug would translate easily to being painted on the floor (with the help of a rule and some masking tape).
The jazzy pattern would hide a multitude of sins and AND remind us of our favorite principle about creativity, which we first read in Carol Anthony’s A Guide to the I Ching:
…fear arises because our ego perceives that everything should move in a straight line toward the solution it thinks is correct. It is unable to realize that the Creative works things out by using every direction the situation takes. The Creative, it may be said, works in zig-zag fashion, tacking this way and that, confound the supervisory ego, and its everylasting search to control.
The renovation of our space into ‘the improvised life’s laboratory’ is living proof (we’re mulling the way to start telling that big zig-zagging saga…)
Related posts: shipping pallet floors (d-i-y?)
‘love letter to plywood’ from tom sachs (and from us…look what we did with it))
rug and tile designs as painted floor (or wall) inspiration
more fab (and daring) painted floors (to d-i-y?)
constantino nivola’s yellow tractor paint floor