Studio mate Lizzie Everard asked me to open the March 2020 Gleam Session with some thoughts about how I make time for my passions on a Friday. Below are the notes I worked from. The thoughts I shared last night were a touch more rambling ;)
I am going to talk to you about how I made time for drawing, poetry, printmaking and writing around my day job as a graphic designer.
When my daughter was born I took Fridays off to spend with her. When she went to school I decided to keep Fridays as a day of making.
Making time is the first act of creation, and should be done creatively.
I knew that in order to make all this a sustainable part of my life I would have to integrate it into my life. Make creation ordinary
I found the best way to make time was in small parcels, in my case Fridays
– I wasn't going to take a sabbatical, go on a retreat
– Make part of the routine: school run, day job, sleep
– But I showed up, I had to make the work
I followed my interest on the day
I removed expectations, knowing they will stifle joy of making
– Joy was more important than progress
I allowed things to evolve, or not. It didn't matter
If I made a mess I cleaned it up. Sounds small, but you have to clear your decks!
I shared my work but not obsessively
Walking the dog influenced my work. I kept my mind open to any type of small influence
I wasn't afraid of routine!
– It gets results and builds resilience
– Little and often my work built up. Confidence too
Bad work always happened but good work always followed if I kept showing up and making work
I did not despair! I did something else if necessary. I washed the dishes
My big takeaways:
Removing expectations from making.
– Make this all sustainable, integrated
– Produces an emotional connection to the work: no briefs etc.
I was surprised and came to truly value the commonplace and small
– Using materials to hand
– Experiences of the day
– Buzzards on my dog walk
– music through my ears.
– Rain on the roof of the studio.
For me it goes without saying but it makes me a better designer
Also absolutely makes my life better and richer
"Nothing comes from nothing"
– You have to make time to make the work.
– Everything comes from giving your passions time and space.