When We Make Things We Make Ourselves

It can be tempting to focus on art or design as making a product, as a thing that gets made outside the self.

Maybe you make something. Then perhaps it’s sold, or given away, or possibly it never leaves your studio or office. Or maybe the thing you’ve created is part of a more extensive process within a business and it loops into a larger network.

There are benefits to not attaching too much meaning to objects and things we make. A sense of healthy detachment can allow balance and perspective.

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Adopting a Training Mindset to Engage Creativity

After years of going back and forth between corporate jobs that didn’t suit me and windows of time making art, I realised that it was time for a shift. I wanted to make my own creativity a more significant part of my life.

It’s been very challenging at times, but I’ve found a few strategies to keep myself in motion. One of these is to adopt a training mindset and an understanding that I will need to keep myself slowly moving in a way that is aligned with my goals.

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Finding Authenticity in My Daily Routine

I recently wrote about how I transformed my creative process through the power of a flexible daily routine.

For a few weeks, I experimented by trying out different habits to support my creative exploration, purpose, and well-being.

Through a process of experimentation, I discovered activities that shifted my mindset, helped me feel in alignment, and generally built up my creative confidence. These included journaling, keeping a sketchbook, and hypnotherapy. I started to weave these habits into my every day, and they naturally became things I loved to do.

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Creative Habits and the Power of Small Changes

Lately, I’ve been spending lots of time thinking and talking about creative habits. Over the past year or so, I’ve transformed my creative process through the power of a flexible daily routine built from habits that support my creative exploration, purpose, and well-being.

Through a process of experimentation, I discovered there were certain activities that shifted my mindset, helped me feel in alignment, and generally built up my confidence.

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Build a Creative Routine You'll Love

Registration is open for my online course — Build a Creative Routine You’ll Love.

After transforming my own relationship to creativity through the magic of routine, it was an easy decision to make habits the focus of my first online course. The creation of the course material and exercises has been a labour of love, and I can't wait to share them with you and the world.



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Four Habits I Learned from The Artist's Way

At the close of last year, I completed The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, a book and self-study program developed by Julia Cameron in the 1990s.

The course helped me reclaim my identity as an artist and return to my passions with new energy and confidence.

At the start of the course, Cameron introduces a few exercises to repeat over the 12 weeks, along with a course contract to sign.

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52 Ways to Be Creative: Mini Zine with The Drawing Club

I met Manolya Isik a year ago when she dropped in to support Bill Wright’s Enhanced Illustration course at Central Saint Martins. The course was a lot of fun, introduced me to new digital techniques, and connected me a group of independent illustrators working in London.

Since then, I had my eye on attending one of her workshops. Manolya runs The Drawing Club, a monthly event held upstairs at SMUG, a lovely lifestyle store on Camden Passage in Islington, London.

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