It’s been about a year since I joined the Instagram community as an artist/maker with a separate IG account for my work.
I started following lots of creative accounts (I can share those with you a different day), and I came across the hashtag #meetthemaker. My curiosity and FOMO got the best of me and I wanted to join. But then I never did because I discovered it too late, and I didn’t feel ready. So now, 8 months later, I finally feel (somewhat) ready to take on the daily challenge of #meetthemaker.
I discovered the source (I think)—at least the source I am following. It was by Joanne Hawker. And I would have been able to send you the link a week ago, but it looks like she is re-doing her website. Exciting things for her, I’m sure. Just as getting my website up was for me.
Since I decided to start a blog on my new website, I figured an introductory #meetthemaker month might be appropriate. Let me get you caught up on the first 8 days of the challenge:
Day 1/30: BRAND IMAGE
Day 2/30: YOU
This is me! Heather. I was born and raised in Wisconsin, however, I’ve been in Georgia since 2009. Currently I reside in Marietta (just outside of Atlanta) and lived in Savannah from 2009-2015. I got a BFA in Fibers in 2013 and embroidered leaves were the best part of my senior portfolio. I’ve been on the constant search for the perfect job, and soon, I might just “do it myself” and make my own perfect designer/artist job.
Day 3/30: WORKSPACE
My workspace isn’t fancy or pretty like I get to see all over Instagram. Mine is me: pieced together making it work. First, you see my desk, where I’ll do the drawing and the using of the computer, interwebs, photoshop, illustrator, and the Netflix’s. Second you see my bed. Which is really where I do most of my work. Any typically, things aren’t neat. When I work, I explode and splay everything around me. It’s just how I work. But having a clean workspace does help me feel ready and focused to work.
DAY 4/30: TOOLS
Teddy said it best: “Do what you can with what you have, where you are.”
I don’t have much, and I do what I can with where I’m at. My tools are my supplies, and also Instagram, Facebook, Squarespace, Square, Being Boss, The Rising Tide Society, Photoshop, Illustrator, my computer, and people. People are our best tool. They can help network, connect, and so much more.
Day 5/30: CANT LIVE WITHOUT
I cannot live without my magnolia leaves. If I didn’t have those, my art wouldn’t exist as we know it. I also can’t live without my boyfriend, Kevin. I mean, maybe I could, but I don’t want to. He is there to help push me forward, he is there to tell me to keep going when I want to quit because all of this is kinda hard, and he’s even there at my shows/markets/festivals when I don’t (and do) even ask him to be there. Everyone can use a little moral support on a journey.
Day 6/30: RAW MATERIALS
My raw materials are simple:
- drawing utensils
- vellum or tracing paper
- embroidery floss/thread
- magnolia leaves (of course)
- phone, for photography
Day 7/30: HOW AND WHY?
Day 7/30: HOW & WHY
The most asked question I get is “HOW did you come up with this idea?”
Well, the big secret is.... the creative process.
This all began back in 2012 or 2013. It was an exercise we did for class from the book “How to be an Explorer of the World” by Keri Smith.
I came up with the combination:
At first, I started by embroidering on maps. Then, one day while experimenting with free-hand embroidery on paper, what I embroidered looked like a leaf.
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I went outside and grabbed a magnolia leaf.
Lo and behold embroidering on leaves began.
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WHY am I doing what I do?
I’ve struggled to find the perfect job post-college. And I’ve done some cool things, but haven’t gotten the top of the list jobs that I have applied for, so in order to improve my portfolio, I picked this back up and decided that I will make my own job if I have to.
Day 8/30: WHERE?
Where did this all begin? In Savannah, at the Fibers building, Pepe Hall. And you see here, the tree that I first picked up a leaf from.
Alright, now that I am all caught up, all future posts will be much shorter, I promise!