RUDE Reading

I do fear for the generations of people who came of age thinking that pop-punk is what punk is, and that all the rebellion you need is just to stick your tongue out in the mirror every once in a while.

Jello Biafra

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“A creative artist is rebellious by nature” Philippe Petit. This book is about somebody who refused to abide by the rules.


RUDE has requested the above book from the library.  It cannot arrive quick enough.  Asking permission is definitely not part of RUDE’S creative process.  Whilst we always endeavour to be polite and considerate, we refuse to succumb to re-creating in a traditional environment.  Below, is the above book’s abstract, if you are interested.

“In the vein of The Creative Habit and The Artist’s Way, a new manifesto on the creative process from a master of the impossible. Since well before his epic 1974 walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, Philippe Petit had become an artist who answered first and foremost to the demands of his craft-not only on the high wire, but also as a magician, street juggler, visual artist, builder, and writer. A born rebel like many creative people, he was from an early age a voracious learner who taught himself, cultivating the attitudes, resources, and techniques to tackle even seemingly impossible feats. His outlaw sensibility spawned a unique approach to the creative process-an approach he shares, with characteristic enthusiasm, irreverence, and originality in Creativity: The Perfect Crime. Making the reader his accomplice, Petit reveals new and unconventional ways of going about the artistic endeavor, from generating and shaping ideas to practicing and problem-solving to pulling off the “coup” itself-executing a finished work. The strategies and insights he shares will resonate with performers of every stripe (actors, musicians, dancers) and practitioners of the non-performing arts (painters, writers, sculptors), and also with ordinary mortals in search of fresh ways of tackling the challenges and possibilities of everyday existence”–

 And if you want to find out more about Philippe and his book take a listen to a radio interview here

The RUDE Rebel Factor, what is it?  What sets us apart creatively?  What’s our point of difference?  Why does it matter?  Are we that different to other rebellious creatives?  And on and on, these questions, and many more like them, get discussed most days in the RUDE residence.

One thing for sure, is that we are not creatively inclined to walk a tightrope between two high buildings.  But we do agree that we walk an imaginary tightrope strung across societal boundaries.  Boundaries that are governed by what’s acceptable, what’s not and what is tolerated.

Not everyone can handle stepping out of the ordinary, nor do they have the courage to do so.  RUDE is not concerned by societal expectations, especially around consumerism.  We want to step out of the mainstream because that very action fuels our creativity.  That’s where we come into our own, and get into our creative flow.

Shopping at landfill and not the mall is making a huge political and economic statement.  Re-creating with resources gleaned at landfill, like a fabric quilt, is a totally rebellious notion in traditional quilting circles.  Many traditional quilters today, may have used recycled fabric for quilts, but from landfill, RUDE bets not!!

RUDE girl has also been thinking about the blogs that we read to inspire us.  And the few we follow, all have one thing in common.  They are a bit naughty, some openly and some not so much, You can read the spunk between the lines, without the blog’s writer necessarily being exposed as rebel rousing.  And you know what’s the icing on the cake?  They have featured us and our Scavenger Style on their blogs.


Two awesome blogs that immediately come to mind are, Green Issues by Agy, a self-confessed fabric hacker and Confessions of a Refashionista, a quirky Berlin blogger and creator of awesome video content.

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This cushion is made from recycled men’s shirts and African inspired printed fabric. It has been donated for sale by RUDE to the Kontiki Cultural Women’s Empowerment Group.

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Back view of the same donated cushion, using the front of a men’s shirt.


Beat The Man and don’t ask permission to re-create.  Just do it!!  Oh, and let RUDE know if you read Creativity The Perfect Crime.

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6 thoughts on “RUDE Reading

  1. Incredible! I have read this post and I immediately thought that the book interested me. So, I go to the library and the book is not available … I come home and … something eludes me , I look distractedly through my books and there it is! A friend gave it to me in March this year 🙂 Yes, I thought, it’s time to read it!
    When life speaks twice you can no longer pretend nothing happened …
    I am reading the book now … It’s a realy good book to think about the power of creation that everybody have inside.
    Making, think and imagine they are revolutionary in every era, and make it out of the channels of the Market is more than ever revolutionary in this era.
    Thanks Rude, you’re always a great inspiration for me 😉

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    • Gosh that’s spooky stuff Bettina! Amazing how these coincidences happen in out lives.

      Thank you for letting me know you are inspired by my blog posts. It means a lot to me. I just want you to know it’s a two way street, and I am inspired by you at Lunatic Needle.

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  2. Well, just to think this is one year on and your powers of creativity haven’t waned one iota Karen. I have never even seen or heard of “Creativity” but I will be looking out for it in my library now.
    I’ve been following you for a little bit less than a year. In that time you have made a marked impression on my out look towards making do on less.
    I thought I was pretty darn good at making resources, from white goods to textiles, go a long way. I would always brag and say I can make money go around twice (metaphorically speaking) but not three times. Well, I’m now attempting to make it go round three times under the influence of your clever Blog.
    Never stop rebelling against societies silly, restrictive boundaries. It is people like you who have moved society forward. We are in a Post Modern era now. There is a lot of work to be done to change the bad habits of consumerism developed since the start of the Industrial Revolution. Never stop pushing those boundaries.

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    • Thank you Jacqui for your heartfelt comments and insights. I read them last night when I arrived home from our granddaughter Harriet’s christening. And RUDE Boy has just read it tonight. He says, yep you are right, very good. You get it, I know. However, it is not just one way. Knowing you and Gene inspires us too. The sharing of knowledge, tips and ideas around frugality with each other makes us feel like, at long last, we have found home within a like-minded community.

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