I’ve been in bed with stomach flu. I haven’t been able to work in the studio so I’ve been reading, writing, and sketching.
On Friday I kept sketching three horizontal red lines ≡
I sketched them on everything. And when I googled it I found out the symbol I’d been drawing was a mathematical one meaning: ‘Equality’, ‘Identical to’, or ‘Congruence’.
Which seemed incredibly apropos to the present day situation.
Right now we are living through divisive times. People have separated into groups that seem far apart in many respects. There is a lot of friction.
But this is not necessarily bad.
Friction creates energy. If you rub two sticks together in the right way you get fire; a thing which can either: cook your food, or burn your house down.
The difference that makes a difference is what we choose to do with it.
We can let it tear us apart, or we can use this energy to change, evolve, and move forward, together. The way we move forward is by focusing on what we want, not what we lack. What we hope for, not what we hate.
What we love, not what we fear.
Three horizontal lines ≡
It means: Identical-to. It means: Equality. It means: Congruent.
These are the things we should focus on.
So I’ve used my original hand-drawn design to create mugs, a hoodies, t shirts, and decal stickers. They’re all available in select colors and most sizes.
Each product was hand-designed individually. I’ve sourced separate manufacturers for each item because I want the highest quality materials for each specific product. Everything ships worldwide (and I’ve added UK manufacturer options where possible to minimize price and carbon footprint).
It’s all on the shelves at jamesradcliffe.store right now.
Side Note: I’ve been loving having the store as a side project. A big Thankyou to all of you who’ve come in to look around, signed up for the newsletter, or purchased a Kintsugi pin. The Store is an ongoing project which I’m constantly tinkering with and refining, so don’t be surprised if things appear or disappear from the shelves without warning.
Come and look around. Coffee’s on, I’ll leave the door open for you.