As we approach the hump of the (…3rd?) week, it’s safe to assume the novelty might be wearing off. You’ve probably spent more time looking out of the window lately, maybe formed some habits that you swore you’d avoid, or perhaps by this point you’ve given up altogether and resorted to watching Netflix in your underwear. Wherever you’re at, read on for some more insights, motivational notes and recommendations for you to keep your inspiration flowing and your goals in sight.
Salehe Bembury, VP of Sneakers, Versace
Designers walk many different paths, have different talents, and backgrounds. However, one perspective that we all share, is we wish we had more time. The common distractions of a designer’s life frequently take away from the time required to bring resolved designs to fruition. Words like “procrastination”, “all-nighter”, and “deadline” become all too familiar for the active designer. I am staying creative during this time by simply utilizing it. Considering “time” is something I rarely have, I am using this period to learn, analyze, create, and evolve. I am surrounded by people saying they are bored, but to me that is more of a narrative on their lack of passion for a craft. My passion for footwear is keeping me creative during this time.
We are all creators… we are all a version of our own “surgeon”, I came up with the name surgeon years ago. What’s the similarity? A surgeon has to put in minimum 11 years, sometimes 16, to be a certified surgeon. That’s what I did… I became a surgeon in my own right, by spending the time and energy to perfect my own craft. And once you become a “surgeon” it enhances everything else you want to learn and do.
PERFECT THE CRAFT! As many of you know this wasn’t a traditional path. I forced myself unknowingly to learn. To learn something I was so passionate about no one could tell me otherwise.
Was it hard… YES? But I was passionate, I CREATE from home… I stay creative.
Creativity is what keeps me going.
This is the time of opportunity! I’m focusing on applying my skills and technique to create for the greater good. As artists, we have an opportunity to empower each other to see beyond the chaos and uncertainty, and take advantage of our abilities to support our community and spread positivity. This is also a time we are forced into designing things based on life’s necessities. These are the times I thrive in most – as everyone should!
In these bonkers weeks I lean on the positives and find things then start to fall into place:
I think everyone figures out and evolves their own creative processes and routines when their circumstances change. I truly believe everything always works out for the best; trust in this process and the journey. ‘Thoughts become things’…and the mind is capable of creating & controlling matter (we just haven’t fully mastered that yet, that’s all).
Also, try not to touch things that everyone else touches. x
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