9th November 2018

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Well hello long time no see, gosh I can’t believe we seem to be fast approaching the end of the year and I haven’t written a blog post since the summer. I’ve been a busy bee, for those of you who follow me on Instagram or Facebook will know I’ve been stitching away for lots of shows and exhibitions and a couple of lovely new outlets to display my work.

So today I’ve decided to reveal more secrets about working as a textile artist, this one is a biggie for me, its a trade secret. I know so many artists have a similar problem, it’s the dreaded time management!

It comes in many different guises, some symptoms are more productive than others. I personally suffer from procrastination normally followed by binge making, which is helpful, and I’m still learning how to ride with the highs and lows. I actually work in a similar way I did as a degree student (with less trips to the pub) I normally work on a brief for up to 6 weeks depending on the size of the final collection, this time has to involve all my primary research, fabric preparation, as well as dealing with galleries/clients, then it’s not until the last 2 weeks it’s head down at the sewing machine and I finally start to see actual results for all my hard work.

Planning and prep work for a epic binge make.

Planning and prep work for a epic binge make.

My favourite place to be in my studio.

My favourite place to be in my studio.

I know a lot of other makers can also suffer from serious issues such artists block, down to the depths of complete and utter loss of self belief or just generally unmotivated (slightly depressing sentence, sorry). Without sounding like I’m spouting from the pages of a self help book, I’ve learnt over the years I’ve been trading, that its all part of the ‘journey’ there’s no right or wrong way as long as your doing something right!?! Well not strictly true, I work from home which so many of us do, it does make for an easy commute and the dress down days are handy when you’ve a mountain of emails to respond to, but it can be a terrible distraction, I can have the cleanest oven in town when my accounts need updating.

The hard work begins…

The hard work begins…

…and then finally pays off!

…and then finally pays off!

So what’s the solution? I personally find it’s all about structure and self discipline. I have a weekly meeting with myself, where I’ll look at my business goals and achievements, as a creative person it’s sometimes hard to take a step back from producing as that’s why you’re doing the job you love, but I can’t recommend this practice enough, be critical of yourself, really try to identify what areas you are weak in and what could do with more attention. I then find I can easily carry out little tasks in the week that all work towards a greater goal. It’s also good to ask others, try asking someone that you respect their opinion, remember it’s your business it’s not personal, so don’t get too defensive when taking criticism. It’s always good to take any advice onboard you never know where that path might lead.

Well I better get back to doing something…until next time I’ll sneak back behind my studio door :)

P.S Fancy treating yourself? Why not make the most of my special offer available until 15th November 2018.

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Bundles of brightly coloured postcards to choose from.

Bundles of brightly coloured postcards to choose from.

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