The APD Podcast, Season 3: Finding a Creative Community

 The APD Podcast, Season 3: Finding a Creative Community


Edited 19.4.2018- In this episode, I use the word 'tribe'. The white use of the word 'tribe' is a cultural misappropriation and one that makes me deeply uncomfortable and led to me changing the graphics and images for this piece. This coopting of other's cultures is a boundary I regret crossing and would like to be clear that I regret. 

In this episode I’m sharing some thoughts about the way we support one another as creatives and asking you for some feedback. 

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I share news about Honey and Harvest, a day of inspiration at Deans Court that I recently attended. You can find a previous episode where I interviewed Ali, one of the family, here. You can also find out more about Lisa of All Hallows Farmhouse here. Look out for more from her in the future- she's super talented. 


I mention THAT Mulled Pear recipe (seriously, it's delicious, enjoy)

Then I chat about this:

 7 Tips for Finding Your Creative Community (from an introvert)

  1. Check local craft stores- When I move, I always head for somewhere creative. Whether it’s a thrift store, a sewing shop or café that seems to nurture a freelance community, there’s often flyers and all sorts that I gobble up as I get a flavour of the area. 
  2. Ask online friends- I love the fact I can ask for suggestions of a venue, place or meetup online and get a flood of answers back. I use Ravelry, the online community for fibre folk a bit like Google. One of the reasons is that I trust people who like to sit and knit to know where is great to do so with a great coffee. 9 times out of 10 they know where the good craft places are nearby
  3. Make your own craft circle- This one’s a little trickier. I’m not someone who finds it easy to reduce my anxiety around meet ups and getting to know new people. I feel awkward easily but I’ve also realised I always come out feeling glad that I did make the effort. It can be as simple as asking 2 other people to grab a coffee after the school run, a small moment carved out of a busy day. It can take a few attempts too I’ve found so try not to be put off if you don't get there the first time!
  4. Have an accountability buddy- It’s good fun to make together and you don’t have to be in the same physical space to do so although it’s nice! Having a friend who you craft with on the same projects will help you grow relationships that are creative. Just one is all it takes.
  5. Take a class- Having new skills or pushing existing skills further in the company of others means a firm date for your creativity and the more you make, the more you make. Learning one skill that can transfer across the rest of your creativity and get you in that creative habit can be just the kick start you need. Plus you have an automatic pool of people interested in the same skills you are. 
  6. Be in a creative place- This sounds bizarre but sometimes seeking out a creative space will help you find your community and being open to that happening is important. Whether it's a gallery or workshop spaces, following your nose around that centre will often lead you to other beautiful, creative spaces such as florists, stationers and more. My example was The Forge, Bristol where I recently taught a workshop. 
  7. Join a Twitter chat- I have several I love to join in from #theinstachat to #theyearinbooks to #makingwinter that starts again very soon with previous guest Emma Mitchell. My first real hashtag join in was Blogtacular which has led to several real life friends and hangouts thanks to the conference that the Twitter chat supports. For me, connecting online is a sort of rehearsal that helps me overcome that initial anxiety that I spoke about earlier on. 

In this episode I speak a little about the Makelight Retreat and wanted to be sure to link you in to a couple of people I mention for leading creative workshops. The first is Jody of Country Wild Flowers, with whom we made the beautiful Floral Crowns you can see below. The second is Kate of Posy and Petal who has just launched her own business around paper crafting and workshops. They're both very talented, so do go and say hello!

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