My third article for MollieMakes.com followed up on my post on 13 simple habits to nurture your creativity by speaking to the designer-makers and curators nominated for a Mollie Makes Handmade Award 2017. They enthused about their life-changing experiences of becoming professional creatives, and surprised me with the diversity of sources that they credit their success to.
Below is a taster of some of the article, with the rest over at MollieMakes.com.
Discover 11 secrets of creative success from these designer-makers.
Lush printed textiles, glistening jewellery and sea-blue ceramics fill our newsfeeds and flit into our dreams (and our shopping baskets). But how did the creatives behind such wonders get to where they are now?
Though they work across a host of creative fields, our shortlisted crafters and handmade champions have some things in common when it comes to their achievements. Find out what these talented and thriving curators, designers and makers credit their success to…
Embrace your passion
“My success comes from choosing a medium that I am truly passionate about. There are days when money is tight and motivation is low, but it’s my overriding love for textiles that keeps me going. That and working incredibly hard.” – Miesje Chafer, Best Established Business Award nominee.
Invest in your craft
“It wasn’t until I picked up a second-hand wheel that I became confident in throwing. Plus, I couldn’t live without my kiln. It enabled me to take my hobby to the next level. Firing my own work means I am in control of the results and I can produce enough work to sustain a living. Even though I was a little afraid of it at first, I now love my kiln – she’s called Ronda.” – Kara Ford, Best Start-Up Business Award nominee.
Take risks and set goals
“My parents taught me to always take risks and follow my dreams, and that sometimes breaking the rules is fine! My past training as a life coach taught me to break down goals to make them more achievable, too.” – Isabella Strambio of Two Me, Best Workshops Award nominee.
Carve out your own path
“I studied graphic art and design at university. My classmates were a lot of digital designers but I explored my own process-led, handmade ethos. I focused on printmaking, stop motion animation, collage and ink drawing. I wrote my dissertation about the uniqueness and charm of handmade design.” – Amanda, curator and founder of Head and Hands, Handmade Champion Award nominee.
Build a network of knowledgeable and nurturing creatives
“My creative friends have a lot to answer for. If I have a hint of an idea, but I’m not sure how to pursue it, I usually run it past them and that can turn it into something new altogether. They’re great at helping me get my head around things I’m stuck with – if I want to learn anything new, I just ask my friends. They’re also partly responsible for #MarchMeetTheMaker. I had the idea and wasn’t sure if it was a good idea or not, but they gave me the confidence and encouragement to go forward with it, and look where it is now! A creative support network with people who just ‘get it’ is so important when you’re running a small business on your own.” – Joanne Hawker of #MarchMeetTheMaker, Handmade Champion Award nominee.
See the rest of the Things makers credit their success to at Mollie Makes.
Illustration by Becki Clark