Occasionally the modern news cycle gets so caught up in gossip and celebrity rubbish they neglect to tell us about truly great people.
Today I found out that Andre Cassagnes passed away…on January the 16th. This man invented the Etch-a-Sketch!
I’m saddened that this took so long to be reported on. In an age where talentless people with no ideas, making no useful contribution to the world are valued over the life of a person who made ongoing contributions to the design world and invented one of the coolest kids toys ever; it took two whole weeks to find a gap in the news cycle big enough to squeeze between some rumour about a Kardashian and another revelation about some B-grade celeb’s weight-loss miracle.
Today I celebrate the overlooked innovators of the world.
I think the picture came from this guy : http://tomshillue.com/
Everyone has a period of their youth they enjoy looking back on.
For me it was 1996 -1999. At the time it felt like it would never end, three years of consistent painting and creative achievement before somehow falling into a normal day job. During this time I was generally broke, living from one art commission to the next, with hindsight I can see I also had focus and drive. It’s something that’s easy to lose when you get comfortable.
Oh, I also got to have fun painting out and about…nothing hardcore, just taking advantage of some under utilised spaces.