by Jan Kemp
Nothing reduces you to your skin like the sea: cold plunge into reality,
a tongue already salty
& all that power
self-propelling you through our other element, body loving
every pummelling second,
as your mind slips on the (no wonder) Madonna-blue beach wrap of the sky.
The straightest line imaginable just over the breakers
visibly separating the two doesn’t exist.
Yet, can you hold
a handful of salt water to prove it
for just one moment before you go?
Why the poem 'Swimming?'
I perused a few poetry books and soon realized I needed something visceral and textural, that would allow me to be quite playful. I wanted a poem that referenced nature and the ocean, and Swimming was the perfect fit.
Has it been a challenge to do the creative activity everyday?
Yes, definitely. I am constantly catching up. There is not enough time in the day! I've been doing a lot of sneaky planning and artwork recycling.
Has the challenge helped your creativity?
Yes! It gives me an opportunity to experiment, go on tangents, and use ideas I haven't had a chance to use. As the project has progressed, I feel less pressure to do something worthy of the internet, and relish the happy accidents.
How did you get into book design?
I've always loved books and reading and it was an unobtainable dream when I left Uni. After returning from a stint in South America, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, quitting my job for 2 months of casual work at Random House. My instincts totally came through for me, and four years later, I'm still here!
Can you tell us some of your favourite 100 Days Projects by others?
Carla Sy's found object drawings: http://100daysproject.co.nz/project/2014/2049
Rhiannon and Fox (mother and son duo) drawing a Super Hero a day: http://100daysproject.co.nz/project/2014/992
Sarah's inky typography: http://100daysproject.co.nz/project/2014/1950
What is your favourite post so far in your 100 days project?
My favourite post to date, is the ampersand, inspired by one of my favourite fonts, Baskerville Italic. I also love the coloured double exposures which I had a lot of fun mashing together.
Thanks Megan! Go on, get your creative juices flowing. 100 days….. Easy!