My Creative journey is my practise.
Furniture are our props. Garments are our costumes. We are the main character.
Distinguishing the difference between information and knowledge.
On May 11th I moved from New Zealand to London. Currently on a two year youth mobility visa. What prompted the move? I think it was curiosity.
After finishing university I always said I would move overseas, but then the pandemic happened. So I did my own thing and grinded it out in my garage. Exploring ideas and building myself a name in NZ. In many ways it was the right thing to do. It better prepared me for this move.
I had a few years to work on myself as a creative and build somewhat of a foundation. But I always had an itch to move, to at least see what it would be like somewhere else. To open my eyes.
I'm extremely fortunate to have a part time job here in London with Martino Gamper and also a residency at HQI to continue to develop my work. But I do miss home. I've been here for two months and have a renewed appreciation for the love and freedom I had in NZ. How lucky I was to even have my garage to do my work.
A part of me feels like I didn't make the right choice.
Could I have used the money for this move to instead build a studio back home? What am I truly gaining from being here? How depressed will I be once winter comes?
These are questions I've been asking myself. But then I have to remind myself it's literally only been two months. And in those two months I've already learnt a lot at Martino's studio, set up a work space, went to Italy and have new ideas to explore. I'm just feeling a bit homesick and lonely right now.
But it is going to be challenging and thats why it's worthwhile.
At the start of the year it was always the dilemma of should I stay or should I go, but I told myself whatever decision I decide it's on me to make that decision the right one. So I'm going to do that. Two years isn't long and I have to make the most out of it. I'm going to learn and soak in as much as I can and establish myself here. Home will always be there. I'm still just 25. This is the time to take a risk.
Starting at the garage, never meant staying there. It was just to show what was possible. It was my origin story.
Use heartbreak as a tool. Be better.
With everything at your fingertips would you know what to do with your hands?
From my world to yours.
In 2018 I said making for the sake of making. But now my making is more purposeful and deliberate. There's more reasoning behind what I'm putting out. I'm not making for the sake of making. I'm making to fulfil a vision.
Authentic. Transparent. Vulnerable.
Don't get too high or too low. Just do the work in front of you.
No gatekeepers. Just you and I.
The tools are all available.
Whenever I didn't feel motivated to do my work I used to look at work from others to inspire me again. But now I just look at my own work. Not in a narcissistic way, but in a way that motivates me.
I see how much work I've done and how much I've improved. That gets me hyped. It's a spark for me.
I want to see how more I can do. What new ideas I have.
I'm more productive when I'm in a good headspace. I haven't been very productive to start this year.
Go get yourself a whiteboard. Every morning I write a list of tasks I want to get done for the day. During the day I tick off each task when completed. Sometimes I add more tasks on or sometimes I can't complete them all. But either way at the end of the night I wipe my white board clean.
This gives my day structure and keeps my mind clear. Ticking off completed tasks also provides a sense of achievement. But on the other hand, not completing a task can be deflating. That's why it's important to wipe my board clean before going to bed. I can let go of the day and be done with it.
Never put yourself above the work.
Tired of being slept on.
Impressionist art movement but in product. I'm showing my brush strokes.
Get out of your own way.
I'm at my best when I'm working.
It's the only area in my life where I don't overthink and over-analyze. I just go.
The best decision I've made is waking up everyday at 6:30 AM.
This is a self-centered society and not in a bad way. Self-centered does not mean selfish.
I think it means constantly analysing yourself. If you want to be your own hero, then what would you want your hero to be like? Would you want your hero to be more community driven, family focused, goal oriented?
Centering your life upon yourself means accepting yourself. Accepting your imperfections. Accepting the reality of your current situation and the steps you can take to build upon it.
Being grounded in reality but holding yourself to high value. Knowing you deserve a full and meaningful life. Understanding that it will take a lot of self-improvement to become your own hero.
But every hero has their cause. No hero stands above their city awaiting praise, they fight for what they truly believe is meaningful. But they do so knowing they can. They've put in the work, recognised their strengths and weaknesses and now feel confident in themselves to help others.
You'll only go as far as your community takes you.
Done is better than perfect.
D.I.Y is the new luxury. Knowing what you want and having the knowledge and ability to make it, that's the highest form of luxury.
I won't buy air pods because I think they'll make me look like a douche. But like, they would be a great product to have.
Making for the sake of making.
The objects we possess are a representation of who we are. It is often exploration of self through products and goods become an expression of our values. Without realisation, we may look past the intangible qualities of products, overlooking its reflection of ourselves.
It's important we understand the relationship between ourselves and our products.
Products are used to create our identities. We express ourselves through product. Whether that be personal, social, financial or spiritual. These are intangible qualities that products provide and usually on a hedonistic level. Thus, we must be aware of how products are expressing ourselves and if it's reinforcing core values that are truly genuine to us.