Life is like a collage

…. you can pick all of the pieces that you want, but you never know how it’s going to turn out!

The other week Laura from Cardboard Cities asked twitter for collage ‘volunteers’. Sometimes creatives just need something fun to work on, and being a big fan of Laura’s work, I sent my photo over faster than you can say collage! As expected, I love what she did with my face:

Collage by Laura Redburn

Blue hair… what do you think? Surprisingly my boyfriend said he thinks I could rock it IRL!

After seeing this from Laura, it gave me a little kick up the bum to do something creative and ‘just for fun’. After life’s recent events, a lot of you might wonder what I’m doing right now… and I ask myself this every day. But right now I’m doing 2 things: 1. a lot and 2. not a lot. Although I don’t feel like I have to explain myself to you guys, I will because maybe it might help someone – I hope it does.

  1. A lot. I’m meeting a lot of people. I know that I’m a people person and as much as I love the internet, sitting in my flat staring at a screen all day is going to drive me insane. It’s also not going to get me any work. People hire people, so if I can get out and meet people I’ve got a higher chance of meeting people that I want to work with. Am I starting to talk sense yet? ha I am fully booked every night for the next 2 weeks, and it feels great – I’m the kind of person that thrives on this. I’m out meeting potential clients, friends or just cool people. It’s not just about meetings though; to remain relevant as a designer/ human being I need to know whats going on in the world and have those everyday experiences e.g. waiting in line for a coffee, getting soaked in a sudden storm because I forgot my umbrella and running after someone that left their card at the till before walking off. I can’t be a designer good designer if I sit in a box with my eyes closed all day.

  2. Not a lot. I read a lot of blogs, watch youtube videos and listen to podcasts, and what I’ve learnt from other creatives is that I need time. I need some time to think and be excited about being a creative again, and the only way I can do this and be proud of what I create is to be in the zone, mentally. I am so determined to avoid creative burnout.

Maybe I sound like a diva, but sometimes you can’t just turn creativity on like a switch; that’s not how the best ideas in the world happen. Sure, there are times when we just need to sit down and get shit done, but right now I have a bit of a luxury and I’m going to be selfish and take it. I need to create and practice and experiment and explore again. Because what I realised the other day is that I haven’t done that in a long time! I call myself a ‘creative blogger’, but when was the last time I actually made something like a graphic or a pattern for my blog? I can’t even remember, and that’s kinda sad. I’m always so so busy with life and living through other people’s creativity that I’ve not had time for my own. So many times recently I’ve seen something and thought ‘That’s amazing and I could have done that!’… but I haven’t done it. I haven’t done anything. And that’s a big problem that our society has today, but at least I’m holding my hands up and admitting it.

Some of you might be aware of my ‘recent’ (I started in December 2015) dabbling with Youtube. Maybe some of you don’t ‘get’ Youtube, but I just wanted to let you know that it’s not a phase: I’m loving it and want to make more videos.

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Recently I discovered Sara Dietschy on Youtube and I cannot recommend her enough. She is an awesome creative film maker making the videos that I’ve always wanted to make, but she’s actually doing it whereas I’ve just been thinking/talking about it. It’s no surprise to that she’s just bagged a creative residency with Adobe. This means that for the next year she is able to create the content that she wants to make, without having to worry about how she’s going to pay her bills/ keep a roof over her head. Isn’t that every creative person’s dream EVER!? Ok, so Adobe don’t have my back – nobody does. But the idea of a creative residency is just what I need right now, and I’m the investor. I’m investing in myself.

I have a lot of art supplies; paints, crayons, printing tools, but I never use them and they stay tucked away in a box under my bed. So I blew away the cobwebs and dug deep, into the boxes and into my heart. I need to create more to create anything.

So, I might have been a bit preoccupied for the past 91 days whilst I’ve been doing #The100DayProject over on my Instagram, but I’m SO close to completing it now! Come and cheer me on: #100DaysofGraphique

But until then… watercolours, pens and paper at the ready, and I let my hands take a walk into the unknown:

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If you managed to make it this far after my rambling, thank you 🙂 And make sure you click on the gif above… I spent too long on it just for the simple pleasure of wanting to create it, ‘just because’.

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6 Comments

  1. nikkirodgers86@gmail.com'
    Nikki
    19/07/2016 / 4:46 pm

    I thought it was real! It suits you! Keep doing what you’re doing, it will al work out perfectly 🙂 x

  2. rosanna.highton@ntlworld.com' 19/07/2016 / 11:33 pm

    Yes Natasha! So nice to get creative with paper, paints and glue once in a while, I hope to see some more of the stuff you make! All the best with doing a lot and not a lot, sounds like a great way to sum up life. Also, the gif is great (and so are swedish fish)!
    Rosie | http://www.rosannahighton.wordpress.com

    • 20/07/2016 / 10:44 pm

      It really, really is and hoping that declaring this to the internet gives me a little nudge in the right direction 🙂 ha Thanks for your support Rosie – it means a lot. And so glad you appreciate my gif/ Swedish Fish – tasty, right? ::D

  3. e.m.veness@gmail.com' 24/07/2016 / 9:48 am

    It’s terribly embarrassing to admit how long it’s taken me to read this properly; sorry lovely.
    I feel you on the creative blogger that hasn’t actually been creating, but I think it’s so easy for us to forget that it being creative is actually work, that we have to work at being inspired and that as much as sitting at home alone can be so easy, to get out and be in the world is far more productive for our creative endeavours. Creativity doesn’t happen in a vacuum, sadly (it’d be perfect for me if it did).
    Basically what I’m saying is, I gotcha lady, I gotcha big time :))

    Erin

  4. jessica@jessicaandersdotter.se' 29/07/2016 / 10:18 pm

    I was thinking about this, like honestly, if you feel like you haven’t done anything creative, you’re crazy!!! Okay maybe not crazy, but you’re wrong. Firstly you’ve FINISHED 100 days of images on Instagram. (When I started my mother said “but 100 days?! that’s the kind of thing that breaks you” (thanks for the support…)) AND you’ve been doing a great job on youtube!!! Honestly, you should just be proud and keep on keeping on. You’re doing great. <3

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