Studio spaces and work spaces are just about the nicest place to be... especially when it's your own. Ever since moving into my own place about 5ish years ago, I've revelled in decorating and putting together creative spaces for my work. Scraps of inspiration all over the walls, countless pots and jars of countless pens, pencils, and god knows what else. I've lived in four houses in Norwich so far, and in each one I've loved my little creative spaces, and I've loved how they've evolved over the years.
Here's five of them, from first to latest:
So. 2016 was terrible. On a worldwide scale and a little personal scale.
I had so much I wanted to do, so many plans and hopes, and I managed to fulfil quite a few of them! But for a whole bunch (like, a big bunch...) of reasons, it was a naff year. A bit of a 'two steps forward, 40382 steps back' situation.
BUT, it's gone, so it's time to look forward to the potential and the glorious feeling of 'fresh start' that 2017 has in store. To help myself, and maybe some others, I like to write down my plans and hopes for the year in detail.
"Why can't my work be as good as hers..."
"He really knows what he's doing, why don't I?"
"Will I ever be that good?"
"Look how much they improved in just a year! I'll never achieve that..."
With this very... eventful year coming to an end, I've been reflecting on the progress I've made in life and in my career throughout the big grey cloud that was 2016 (sorry to be a downer, but bloody hell 2016, you gotta sort yourself out).
I stumbled into 2016 just going through the motions, hoping I could pay rent that month, and not really expecting much in the way of progress or work. I was at the stage where I just wanted to keep afloat, keep bills paid, and keep as sane as I could, I didn't really have time to buckle down and power up the ladder of my career. It started to feel stale, and that started to feel worrying.
This has been one very eventful year.
At this current moment, I have a whole mess of work to get done, both client and otherwise, which is super good. With something as unpredictable and erratic as my current stage in the freelance world a busy month is a good month, even if it does make stress levels hit new highs.
But this doesn't mean I've completely abandoned all personal and side projects. I have one particular project which has evolved and changed quite a bit since I first thought of it, and it's still definitely in the first few stages of development, but it's exciting and something a bit more personal so I thought I'd write a bit about it.
Well that was an interesting one...
The first full year out of university.
Moved house. Again.
Painted a big dragon.
Drew a lot of foxes.
Made a book.
Had my first stall at an art & craft market.
Watched my bank balance drain away into redder and redder numbers...
Got worried about lots of things.
Got excited about lots of things.
It was an interesting patchwork of things, events, feelings, and general nonsense. In many ways, it was a good year.