On 2nd February 2019 I decided after weeks of thinking about it that I was going to do another project around creativity. I like 40 days as I do that with exercise sets in Kundalini Yoga. 40 days to change a habit.
I chose this time as it’s 50 days until baby due date and it gives me some extra days if there’s an early surprise arrival or I need more rest.
While I was thinking titles 40 Days Before or 40 Days to share my work, baby came alive in the middle of the afternoon. This often happens when I’m relaxed reading or napping. When it happens around decision making I go forward with it! Babies are smart intuitively, like telepathy.
I’m aiming to do 40 Days After or First 40 Days of motherhood as a follow up.
I’m not entirely sure what is in store! I just know I want to create daily and be accountable for it. At the moment I am writing new articles on the blog and for other opportunities. I’m drawing my favourite things from the day and painting. I would like to explore photography again, self portraits too.
Project start date: 2.3.19 End date: 14.3.19
I started this project on 9th June 2017, I have used film cameras in the past and loved the crisp artistic look they had, I wanted a Polaroid camera a long time ago but hadn’t realised how accessible and affordable they were. On the 9th June, the morning of my friends 22nd birthday I changed my planned route, went to the shops and bought a pink Instax Mini 8. I loved it, seeing photos coming out and developing in seconds was like magic! I played around with that for a week then I upgraded and got an Instax 90, I wrote about the differences cameras 30 photos in.
I started trust and love in Polaroids as ‘trust’ is my word for 2017 and ‘love’ because I believe those things go together, I’m living in and spreading love.
I take a mixture of photos and am always playing and experimenting, learning as I go. I take pictures of home life, fun things I’m doing, self portraits, friends – anything really that I want to capture!
Each photo is unique and unlike camera phones or digital cameras you only really get one single shot to appreciate and treasure.
I (at the moment) write a caption on mostly all my photos, except extra landscape shots I take, I write the date on the back and place or person. Then on the front I write a little note of inspiration, quote from a book, a memo to myself or what I was doing at the time.
For now I am putting all photos I have taken and scanned into the project gallery, in time, depending on where this leads I may organise it or make it into something bigger.
You can view the Polaroid gallery here.
The Living List is just like a bucket list or before I die list just with a focus in the title of ‘aliveness’. I am noting down things I want to do and have done as a form of accountability, inspiration, accomplish goals and to get out my own way (or away from my creative space for a while) and go and be in the world and create an experience!
You can view items and links to blog posts on my Living List
‘It’s the side projects that really take off, by side projects I mean the stuff you thought was just messing around. Stuff that’s just play.That’s actually the good stuff. That’s when the magic happens’ – Austin Kleon