I signed up for this thing called #reverb10. A month full of prompts guided to help me reflect on this past year and focus on goals for the next.
December 6: Make.
What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it? (Author: Gretchen Rubin)
I’ve been pretty fortunate that my job — and even my past jobs, to some extent — allows me to create, every day.
The last thing that I’ve made? Graphics for my freelance design business. Hooks to hold holiday stockings. Turquoise Pancakes. Lots of graphics. Flyers. Brochures. Business cards. Outside of the pancakes, they’ve all been things I’ve created with a computer. I love graphic design. Working with pixels. It’s fun and awesome and there’s so much more you can do with pixels.
I do miss physically creating. I miss cooking. I miss book and paper crafts — I’d love to make another popup book. I miss ceramics and painting. It’s more than arts and crafts to me. Creating is an adventure.
I want to make more time to create offline — real, physical, non-pixel things. I’d love to spend more time enhancing my sewing skills. To make more unique things with cutouts. To have a home filled with these amazing creations.
However, as much as I hope and hope and want for this, I don’t make the time for it that I need. But. I am making some time for creating. I’m returning to freelance work — being a bit more serious about it. In fact, hopefully by the end of today, I should have my design site up. (So if you’re looking for some awesome graphics for your blog, you should check it out.)
2011, I’m looking to you for more time to create. Maybe even a creative space/studio in whatever home I have next year. Whether it’s with pixels, or paper, scissors and glue (really an exact-o knife and PVA adhesive), or yarn, or food stuffs, or.. or well anything. I want to make more time to create.
In the words of one of my favorite stores, Paper Source, “Do something creative every day.”