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Catching up 20.08.2019

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

A year ago today we had my Nan’s celebration of life (or funeral) cannot believe that was a year ago. There is not a day that goes by when I don’t think of her. She always liked to get up early, so when I am speeding along in my car at 7am, late for work, with the sun coming up over the hills I always think of her. I now enjoy every sunrise with her.  So much has happened, when you really think about it, looking back on the year I feel like I have grown so much as a person and my perception on life has changed forever. I don’t worry about the little things as much anymore, and neither should you.

Sometimes my brain gets the better of me and I find myself getting upset over my pooch belly or the fact that my car has a massive dent in it (thanks to Warburton’s lorry bastard!) so then I have to bring myself back down to earth and realise that those things don’t really matter. I did a drawing recently, I had the idea a few weeks ago. “In the end the pricks don’t matter” with a cheeky cactus next to the text. It’s true isn’t it? Those people that bring you down or make you feel worthless, yeah it hurts at the time but at the end of it all you probably won’t even remember them. Focus on what is important, what is really important in life. Family, friends, partners. These people are the ones that will get you through. They are the ones that make life worth living.

Enrich your life with other things. I am just learning this. Read a book, watch a series (Stranger Things is top notch) read articles on subjects you want to find out more about. Get up mega early and watch the sun rise (not always possible I know…) have a laugh with family, make memories. I am trying to teach myself that if I never find success in my career then that’s okay, there is so much more to life that can fill your heart. Soak it up.

I just had my first lesson for an online illustration course and I have to say, it was brilliant. I have been looking for a short course to do for a while, after a bit of searching I found this one with Central Saint Martins University. I have been looking for a way to expand my skills with drawing and painting, yeah I could draw everyday in the hope I will develop my style but what I felt I could really do with was someone teaching me some new tricks. I didn’t try very hard at uni, well I did try but I could have done way better. Worked harder. I didn’t really think of it then but age is a great thing. It makes you realise certain things about your journey.

It’s only the first lesson but I have a really good feeling about this course. I want to push myself, I can’t remember the last time I challenged myself. It’s a good feeling. I feel like a sponge, ready to absorb all this new information.

Nowadays I feel like there is a lot of pressure to be successful career wise. I’m not sure if it’s who I surround myself with day to day, what influences me on social media or just the changing times but I feel like there is this pressure to go to university and push yourself everyday to develop a successful career and if you haven’t done that then you’ve failed. I get upset by the fact that I think I have not been that successful in my work life. Now in my thirties and still not quite sure where my career is going. I know what I would love to be doing but it’s just the process of getting there. No one tells you what you are meant to do, creative routes are known for their lack of direction and I find myself reading articles on how others found success by just falling into the right job.

I am a constant work in progress but then again aren’t we all?

I’m looking forward to seeing what this course has to offer and how I hope it will help me to develop my style of drawing. I’ve felt a bit stuck recently, creatively speaking so I am hoping in doing this course it will push me to step out of my comfort zone and try working things from a different angle. I feel like it has given me a bit of purpose.

Thanks for reading.

Look out for more posts about my journey over the next four weeks.

x

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Shopping is my thing 21.07.2018

Saturday, July 21st, 2018

It has been (oh my gosh) six years… six years… since I finished university. A lot has actually happened in those six years.

I ended a long-term relationship, ending a engagement… I learnt to drive! (That is huge for me…) Bought my first baby car (with a little help!) I moved in with my best friend, met my man best friend (Matthew) met his beautiful, loving family who welcomed me into their home and lives! Bought a house with said Matthew and bought my first sunflower plant which I have managed to keep alive after the first week of owning it! So much can happen in six years. Cannot believe it.

I also spent a good chunk of that time applying to jobs, bossing the interviews then dealing with the rejections, picking myself back up and applying to more. Starting your career. My god what a hard thing to do nowadays. Through it all my job as a barista in an independent coffeehouse has been constant, in the background, steady and loyal babes. I have earned my living through this.

I had a brainwave a few months back. You know what? Fuck job searching. Why work my bum off making someone else rich when I can do that for myself. And so the dream of making something out of my illustration work began.

In the past I have always shot myself in the foot where illustration is concerned. I never believed I could make a living out of something that I loved doing so I never tried in the first place. Whenever someone asked me what I wanted to do I would reply with, an illustrator, feeling embarrassed like I would never actually achieve that goal. But why not? Why cant I make a living out of it?

So here we are, I am nearing my thirties and I finally know where I stand. I know what I want to do. It has always been illustration and it always will. So even through all the blood, sweat and tears I know I will face in the future I am certain of where I want to be heading.

I have been producing like mad over the past few months, in between working and well just living life really. But with this blog post I would like to officially introduce the opening of my online shop. Selling all things created in my studio (our second bedroom, at my tiny desk!) All the work is very close to my heart and has been created with a real love and passion for all things created by hand.

Totes original. Tote bags are huge at the moment, saving the planet one bag at a time. I have created one off original hand printed tote bags. So whichever one you own will be completely unique. There will be more to come of course. Badges are available too, I love a good pin badge.

If you can please take a look at my shop and tell your friends I would be eternally grateful!

Heres to all the handmade babes out there! I join your club with great honour!

Wigmore out x

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Be kind to yourself 30.04.2018

Monday, April 30th, 2018

I know it has been over a month since my last post…have you noticed?? Maybe not… but for those who have I am back. I have finally got my bum into gear and have made time to create. I think it has been where I have been going wrong all these years. I have never made time for my artwork. I have worked, non stop since I was 17. Always earning, making money to pay for rent or food, just about getting by but never actually making time for what I want to be doing.

I love making other people happy, maybe that is why I am best suited to customer service…but doing this can take its toll. So this post is a sort of update/chat about life and how I am trying to be good to myself, to be kind.

I am very fortunate in the fact that I have a recently new advantage at the moment. I have a partner who is supporting me whilst I am creating new content. Some for my website, some for me, some for potential clients. I have never had this opportunity before, to actually have a couple of days where I sit down and just draw. Seems the most simplest thing in the world right? But to actually have an allotted time to do this has been unknown to me. Never before have I been left alone for the day to focus on my artwork. I feel it is a real chance to discover my style, which I am evolving everyday.

So I should probably explain since the middle of April I have cut down my hours at work (part time barista part time wannabe illustrator) so I now have extra days to myself to create. It seems blindingly obvious now but I have never thought to do this before. Perhaps because I needed to earn money in my early twenties to live which I think anyone will agree was fair enough.

I am writing to do lists for the first time in my life. I have always kept everything in my head and worked through it somehow, probably missing things off that were forgotten along the way. I am finding such pleasure in crossing things off these lists daily, and actually getting shit done!

This freedom has seen my creative block disappear, which I have previously written about, and a new found confident illustrator appear. I now have a bright orange notebook for lists, creative processes and ideas to be jotted down in.  It is becoming invaluable to me. Now if I am ever stuck for ideas I consult my orange notebook, it has all the answers.

I am listening to A LOT of podcasts, I have a new found love for Desert Island Discs (I know, its okay I am 30 next year..!) listening to greats like Dawn French, Dustin Hoffman even Russell Brand has been hugely inspiring for me. I feel like I am learning more than I ever have sat at my desk hunched over a drawing laughing (or crying…) at a podcast. I would highly recommend a listen to anyone. They can be a huge comfort and listening to the stories can be fascinating. Fearne Cotton’s ‘Happy Place’ has also become a favourite of mine. She interviews more greats such as Stephen Fry and Gok Wan. Listening to other peoples life experiences is massively up lifting. To know that these famous individuals that we look up to and that have sort of ‘made it’ if you like have also had heartaches in their lifetime.  I can feel my life and processes becoming enriched due to listening to these podcasts.

I am making a conscience effort to be kind to myself. The podcasts are a good start. Eating well is also important (poached egg on toast in the morning, thank you very much). Cups of tea are important and of course that first cup of coffee in the morning. Enjoyment in the moment is just as important as the work we do.

One day we will be out of time, so make the time now.

Be kind to yourself.

Thanks for reading.

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