For this issue, we asked our contributors, “What’s the best thing anyone ever taught you to do?” Click on the pictures below for their answers, and for links to their individual websites.


Leila Wice

In grade school, my art teacher invited us to make oversized versions of mundane things. For a kid growing up with a giant clothespin next to city hall, this was an exciting invitation to join in making art. My project was a huge mushroom, involving soggy newspaper, a coffee pot, many large bowls, and lots of paint in shades of putty and gray. Don’t try this at home. The result is ugly, but my mother has displayed it for thirty years. That taught me to look closely at everyday things (and their forms, structures, patterns, histories . . .) for inspiration.