For Christmas last year, my mum gave me a book called 'Show Your Work'. I was somewhat offended at first. 'Mum, are you telling me I can't do this on my own?'. I later realised, after reading only a third of the first chapter before trailing off into an idea spiral, that perhaps I do need help to show my work? How else will people see what I'm doing?!?! So, in order to get myself out there creatively, I am...well...trying to get myself out there? I had a job interview with some cool fashion people this morning who said that they loved my website. What? Sorry, you went on my website? You liked something I created? For me, I know that I'm constantly developing and refining my style and my designs, trying to achieve what I think is ultimately perfect? My lecturers at university believe this to be incredibly annoying and give me that 'can u not' glare. In this process, the fact that people enjoy what I think is unrefined and still in dire need of work, is incredibly humbling. It's truly motivated me to know that people are admiring what I'm doing, albeit only a select few are real people, the rest are random possums I meet on my night runs, but that's all I really need to feel more confident about myself. A few blog posts ago, I wrote about a couple I met at an art gallery in January. I really valued their words of encouragement, how they told me to forget about what I think. Once you've exposed your work to the world, it's no longer yours to critique, it's entirely subjective. Much like the controversial flavour of anchovies, people either love it or hate it. After all, how will people know they hate anchovies until they've tried them and then gone on to projectile vomit in a pizza-crust-ridden alley way off Lygon St??? Does my pizza analogy work? I just like to reference pizza in any potential pizza related situation. I honestly forgot what the point of this post was? Oh well, I'll remember later. For now, check out my etsy store. There's not much on there right now, but follow the page, have a squizz and be sure to watch this space. Next month my work will be in a little gallery so I'll be sure to keep you posted and what have you!!! Yay Colour.
Me before I read 'Show Your Work'
Post 'Show Your Work'
Me showing my work