Creatively drained? 5 tips to bounce back #motivationmonday
Last week, I shared a #motivationmonday that was actually an article I wrote for another site. While it’s one of the best things I’ve written in a long time, I re-shared it because I have been struggling to write these blog posts lately.
It’s not that I don’t love them. Rather, it’s that I’ve been in a creative funk. Thankfully, however, I’m happy to report that the tide is turning. Instead of forcing myself to write, I’ve learned the importance of immersion in the right fashion media and exposing myself to new creative activities (shoe design, life drawing, coding) to break this spiral. I’m starting to accept that in this fast-paced age, it’s easy to see sameness everywhere when we skim the surface of most fashion media we consume, and that a lot of the media we consume is mainstream (meaning, consumed by everyone else). While it’s great to be aware of the world, how will I come up with cool new things if I’m reading, listening to and wearing what everyone else is?
In learning new things, I can shift my mind back to ‘beginner stage.’ When you are a ‘beginner’, you don’t (most of the time) expect yourself to do something perfectly. Personally, I have to take myself back to a more calm and centered place while learning something new. It’s easy (I know because I’m 100% guilty of this) to fall into a trap of scrolling on social media and seeing sameness 24/7 – then feeling bored with fashion, the industry’s smallness, and the future of publications.
Without further delay, here are 5 resources that have helped me get my creative fire back:
1. UAL Short Courses – If you can afford it, take a short course. I just took one on shoe design, and it was incredible. While online courses are great and all, there’s something really special about being infront of the teacher and engaging face-to-face. At the moment, I’m saving up for THIS course on the topic of creativity (ironically).
2. Glossy.co and i-D magazine – Put simply, i-D magazine is the best print magazine known to humans and I think every human on earth needs to read it. They know what’s cool before it’s cool, and their articles are as relevant to fashion as they are thought-provoking. For my dose of fashion business news, Glossy.co (which is TOTALLY FREE) is an incredible resource. I rely on it heavily to stay informed about the industry before I do interviews.
3. Vintage shopping – There’s nothing more depressing than watching a runway show and going into Zara the next day. Instead of hitting up the high street, I try to dig through the depths of my favourite vintage stores for an inspiring piece or two. I LIVE for the Blitz Vintage kilo sale. They also have REAL vintage sunglasses unlike 99% of vintage shops.
4. Listen to THIS playlist (yes, I love hip-hop) while searching ‘fashion photography’ on Tumblr. The playlist is over 100+ of the best mellow tracks. Usually, I play it in the background when I’m looking for cool photos. While you’re at it, changing your screensaver is also a great technique to refreshing your brain. Mine is currently THIS.
5. Life drawing: Not only is it great for body positivity (HELLO normal bodies in a non-sexual context), but it’s also a great way to detach from your phone for 3 hours and focus on something. When you’re done, you leave with something you created (which is pretty awesome). Worst case? If it’s terrible just say it’s cubist – no one will know the difference. In London Sketch Sesh and Adrian Dutton are London's best.
Thanks so much for reading, and I hope these 5 tips have you excited to take on the week! Just in case you missed it, I posted a new episode of Fashion Originators (which you can listen to HERE). On the episode, I chatted with the founder of @utelier, a platform that connects fashion designers with the factories to make their stuff a reality!
How do you stay inspired? Let me know on Instagram @fashionoriginatorspodcast, and I’ll share your ideas in my next episode!
Until next time,