My year started new - not only by calendar. I am exploring what happens in my creative process when I move beyond guideposts that have lead me down a familiar path. The notion that good things, such as artistic growth, are lying beyond the comfort-zone has been my mantra, a guidepost, for as long as I can remember. Maybe so long that "beyond the comfort-zone" has become the "comfort-zone" in the sense of familiarity. By gliding around or completely ignoring some of these guideposts I am now exploring what comfort, as in playful and easy, feels like.
My time online, scanning through news and other reports and social media feeds, moved from "shouldn't" to "of course you may". My curiosity leads me down paths that hold treasures for inspiration, information and context of my own creative work. By narrowing my focus to what pulls me, ironically my perspective widens. In a new way I discover the ultimate experience of play.
I have developed an evening routine which is a completely new concept in itself. It actually developed itself. Every evening I find myself first following my Instagram feed followed by reading the news on my smart phone, first BBC then the New York Times. Nothing remarkable in itself with information that more often than not is far from exhilarating. This easy read leads me to other sources, ideas, new trails and links.
Allowing myself the time to follow up, I have landed on pages of fashion designers as well as neuroscience studies and everything in between. I never plan when to stop this daily process. The end always shows itself in a very gentle and matter of fact way. Then I shut down my phone, take notes, make some sketches and fall asleep into dreams.