About a year ago I remember working late one night, and looking at some other graphic designers blogs, after awhile I began to feel well… jealous. I felt like my work wasn’t as good, and that these other artists were doing a better job. After wallowing in self pity and discouragement for a few minutes I Suddenly realized that I needed snap out of it. I spent a lot of time wondering why I did this, and what I could do to NEVER do that again. I decided to think of these designers as people, and as my friends. This changed everything! I diligently started trying to reach out to other artists around me, and you know what? That changed everything.
These artists around me became friends. And soon instead of feeling jealous when I looked through other blogs- I started to think- Good for them! I started to learn from other artists. Then, I started to collaborate with them. And when I started collaborating- I started getting better as an artist. And then I started getting more business.
I think this is a success story for any artist. Oftentimes as artists we work too much alone. I have found that as I work with other artists, as I collaborate, I learn and grow. I find answers to my questions, and my quality of art increases. And not only do I improve, but I can give back and help others around me. And as I help others, they help me… its a never ending circle.
The past year has become the best “art year” for me. I owe all of that to collaboration.
For this reason I have started, with the help of some other dear artists- Alma Loveland, Sarah Jane, and Justin Hackworth, the Creative Collaborative. This is an effort to help our artistic community here in Utah come together and network and collaborate. The artistic community is unbelievable talented: we have renown photographers, interior designers, graphic designers, bloggers, seamstress, illustrators, painters, sculptors, etc. . . And we need to come together- I am sure that there are untapped partnerships that could really reap some great benefits.
So here is the plan: once a month, the first or second Thursday of each month, we will meet as an artistic community. It is free. We will have some short speakers that talk about topics that can inspire and help all artists. Then we will have Q&A and discussion time, and an opportunity to talk and get to know other artists.
So please come, and please spread the word- the first one is tonight at 7. Kirsten Krason, Dave Broberg, and Diana Palmer are speaking. It will be on 1 East Center Street #214 here in Provo, Utah. (same buidling as Gondolfos) Bring a chair, bring a friend. But come ready to collaborate.
I can’t wait to meet you!