As an artist, I find it almost impossible to come to an end with a piece of my work. Patty Smith shared in “Just Kids” what someone told her: “When I mourned my inability to finish any of my poems, he quoted Paul Valéry to me: ‘Poets don’t finish poems, they abandon them.’” Dave, Fabian and Mike did it. There must have been many open questions to every single sentence in the Manifesto, but they “abandoned” a final version, Rachael did a beautiful layout and they shared their values with the world. This single fact, that a Manifesto is pinned to the wall of my studio as it is in so many other studios, kitchens, livingrooms and, hopefully, classrooms around the world, is very inspiring. Even more so, as these guys really are living up to it since 2009!

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