I’m Hazel. I’m an Art Fairy/Student studying Printmaking at Rhode Island School of Design, and I’ve been working at Camp Now since January 2014. Since that time, a lot has happened both in my life and the life of the company. I have moved away to college, leaving my lifelong home in the countryside of Massachusetts to live in a college dorm in a bustling city. I have chosen a major and subsequently changed that major. I have travelled abroad. I have made new friends and new artwork. Through all this, a common thread has been my involvement with Camp Now and the Crealitation project. Like me, Crealitation has grown exponentially in the past two years. And like me, there are fundamental parts of it that have not (and in all hope never will) change. In this post I will talk about some of the exciting changes I have witnessed, as well as the core values that have resonated with me over my time as an Art Fairy at Camp Now.
During the school year, I work remotely—often over the phone, or on Skype—to edit content, research relevant information, and produce illustrations for the mythology of Crealitation. Working telephonically has its drawbacks, but it means that every time I come back to the Camp Now home base I get to see how dramatically the site has progressed. Camp Now recently underwent a change of location, so it’s even more exciting to see the Crew growing, a Trading Post gift shop being opened, band rehearsals being held, and all the creative buzz of Crealitation in the new space. This progress is mirrored in all of our online ventures; in fact it is characteristic of Crealitation for the virtual to inform the “real” and the “real” to inform the virtual. In the Eggroom, our social media forum, new members are steadily joining and growing the community. New posts are added every day, and those who register can read, among other posts, about the daily work of the Art Fairies at Camp Now.
It can often be hard to describe Crealitation to the uninitiated, because in some ways it transcends definition. It falls into so many categories, but does not fit neatly into any of them. Crealitation is an art project, because it is the project of an artist. Yet it spills out of the category of art, because of the more commercial components. But clearly, the focus of Crealitation is not corporate. It is social action, definitely. Or perhaps it can be best described as a life practice—since ultimately the goal is to transform the lives of as many people as possible. The great thing that Crealitation has taught me is that there is no need to confine oneself to definitions. Every part of your life and every moment of your time should be held to the same standard of integrity and purpose. There is no better lesson I could learn, as I study at this school trying to earn myself the elusive title of “Artist,” than that in the end how you live your life is the most full expression of your beliefs and intentions.