Going to Blogtacular was so affirming for me in more ways than one. Not only that I felt so at home with fellow creatives and makers that just 'got' me. But also what I'd been seeing and feeling in terms of where the world is heading.
Some of my reflections are based on technology, our fast moving world, the distractions we face and so on. I get a sense of how the world we live in will become so fast paced, we will have to have multi chanelled attention. That there will constantly be more than one thing going on at once and it will be a case of tuning in to what's important and tune out the rest. Not to mention finding peace amongst the chaos!
In at least two of the workshops I attended, the question was asked: 'where do you see this going in the next 5 years?' And a key theme of this was the reference that us bloggers work in the world of technology and for that we need to be prepared for change.
Enid Hwang, community manager at Pinterest was another to state that, in our industry, we need a strategy for dealing with change. I was so inspired by her closing speech. Even though it was the end of the day and my brain was pretty frazzled by this point!
Enid went on to say that there will always be haters. That people didn't understand Pinterest at first or get what it was for. I remember I'd just started a wedding planning business around 2012/2013 and Pinterest was amazing for this. There wasn't any other platform at the time you could create an online mood board. Now things have changed again and I need to re-learn Pinterest!
On the photo walk I attended I was talking to Natasha, blogger at Graphique Fantastique and she is of the generation that I would call 'millennial'. We had such a lovely convo about how I really struggle to relate to how fast her generation can process things. I remember saying 'the world is just going to get faster'. 'It is!' She replied. 'So how do I keep up?' And I was told to just go at my own pace. Because, that's all we can do.
But all this technology is also pretty exciting too! As already mentioned, I grew up in the 90s when the internet was just starting. I joined Facebook in 2007 when it was pretty new. Back then it was quite different to what it is now. Growing up without the internet meant that if you weren't naturally creative then you never could be. It was a mis conception and something I still hear to this day that to be creative, you have to be artistic! And if you didn't have a vivid imagination then creativity just wasn't for you.
I had another heart felt conversation with Jennifer of Jennifer Grace Creates, Emma of Make and Fable and Adele of Nest and Dressed.
We were talking about creativity vs artistry and the frustration in people not understanding the difference. I'd said I hated art at school, couldn't draw, didn't understand toning, perspective etc. And Jennifer said how she was told at school she couldn't draw. But this was because her style is more illustration/cartoon like. These days, fine art is out and illustration is in. Lisa Congdon being a fine example. Below is a photo of one of the slides from her speech, showing her illustrations.
So, now, with all the visual inspiration that is out there, how can you not give creativity a go?! We are all bouncing off each other and one spark creates another, to another and so on.
And this thing of being constantly connected, busy, distractions, demands on our time. It's no wonder there's been a huge trend in adult colouring. And that craft has also made a resurgence. We are craving therapy with the arts. Whether that is colouring, baking, drawing, writing, painting or even a bit of gardening.
As a Christian it is nothing new to me that everyone can be creative. That there are different ways other than traditional arts to be creative. As mentioned already, doodling is one, writing is another. Problem solving even! The amount of people that must do this in their jobs every day without even thinking about it! With Instagram, Pinterest, the rise of the bloggers and all the other social media out there, it is now becoming more common to explore our creativity. And that really excites me too! I believe that God is the ultimate Creator. He made us all in His image, so He created us to be creative! And I just cannot contain my excitement over, how, now, this is really coming to pass!
We are exploring our creativity in all sorts of ways, whether that is rainbow hair, (see below an example of my own blue and pink hair!) polish mountains (100 coats of nail varnish!), selling our hand made wares, art journalling, bible journalling, doodling/illustrating, blogging, writing or simply doing some adult colouring. There is no weird anymore as we all explore our individuality and uniqueness. And that is something to celebrate!
The Future of Creativity - Top Tips
3. Another from Enid, 'our time and energy are our most precious resources'. If something works but it's really draining you, re-think it! Another key theme that echoed throughout the day was do/write what you are passionate about. So if anything is stealing your passion, have a think about whether you really need it to succeed. Choose your battles. As bloggers and makers we can't get away from the business side. So that's something that needs working on if it doesn't come naturally. You just need to weigh it all up and find the balance that works for you.
5. Another good gem from Lisa, keep some things for you! Create and explore something that you know you won't be sharing on social media. Sometimes, as bloggers, we can get so caught up in 'ooh, that'll be good for Instagram' or you come up with a craft idea that you spend more time staging and photographing than actually just enjoying the process of making it! It is so important to have that downtime just for us. The chance to explore and play with no expectation of where it'll end up. No pressure of making it just perfect. Below is a photo of a some doodling/drawing I did during a Church meeting. We were listening to worship music and I chose to engage in my faith by drawing what was on my heart. It was never meant for showing as was something for me in the moment.
Links and credits
All other photos are my own but of course the comic strip was drawn by Jennifer Grace Creates. And the slides from Lisa Congdon's speech are of course her work.
Bloggers to check out:
Adele from www.nestanddressed.co.uk
Jennifer from jennifergracecreates.com
Natasha from graphiquefantastique.com
Emma from makeandfable.com
And lastly, for a bit of fun, in reference to 100 coats of nail varnish, check out this hilarious vlog where Jenna Marbles has a go at doing all 100 coats at the same time! And I'm talking 50 pairs of false eyelashes, 100 coats of fake tan, foundation, lip gloss, nail varnish and hair spray. I've been showing this to everyone, I love it!