sister corita kent’s enduring rules for making + her art

Rules Sister Corita Kent

When we were first planning ‘the improvised life’, we were inspired by this now-famous set of rules by Sister Corita Kent, artist and renown educator. They speak directly to the process of creating…ANYTHING. Here are our favorite essential rules:

Find a place you trust and then try trusting it for a while.

Consider everything as an experiment.

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…

Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It’s lighter than you think.

And finally, Kent quotes this beauty by John Cage:

“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”.

Come Alive!: The Spirited Art of Sister Corita is a good intro to Kent’s teachings and her art. And much of her art were serigraphs with words of wisdom, like this:

Sister Corita Kent

Sister Corita Kent

…and this…

Sister Corita Kent

Sister Corita Kent

 

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henry miller’s eleven commandments

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