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January 2017

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Women Who Create / Amy Buxton. This week I am happy to welcome self professed bookworm and dog mama Amy to the series!

Tell us a little about your background…

Ok, so I have always been a total bookworm, ever since I was a child and dearly wanted to be a writer, ever since I read the Worst Witch series by Jill Murphy. That secret ambition stayed with me all through high school and then I went to university and studied English, as I think I was about to accept that I needed to be a teacher. I took a left turn by taking a junior job at a publishing house when I was 30 and finally found my inner strength to go it alone a year later and I’m now a freelance writer!

Do you have creative habits or rituals within your work that help you stay focused and happy?

I’m a creature of habit, so before I work, I need to have a coffee on my desk (the ultimate cliche), my dog in her office basket, a kiss from my husband and a quick scour of newspapers online. When that’s all done, I’m ready to go!

What two things can’t you live without?

My husband and my dog! As a bonus, my hubby makes all the coffee, so two birds, one stone.

What is your biggest source of inspiration?

Anyone, anywhere that is doing something for themselves! Self-employment is scary, so you go humans!

What is the meaning of ‘creative’ to you?

Having unique ideas and finding a platform that works for you, to help you express them. It can be anything from angry graffiti through to fine art or creative writing, as long as it gets your idea across, it’s creative and successful.

If you could collaborate on a creative project or idea with anyone… who would it be & why?

I’m quite dystopian, so I would probably be willing to give a limb to science if I could write a TV series with Charlie Brooker!

Do you have a favourite piece of equipment that inspires your day to day process?

A novelty virgin Mary pen that my mum gave me!

What is the best thing about running your working for yourself?

Total creative freedom and regular hug breaks with my dog and husband, who also works from home! Oooh, endless toast runs too!

What is your proudest creative moment in your journey so far?

Honestly? Getting my first paid freelance gig! It will always remind me of how far I’ve come and that I really committed to something scary and challenging. It wasn’t anything groundbreaking, but it was amazing to see my first freelance byline.

What one piece of advice would you share with fellow women who create to help them on their business journey…

Keep the faith! You embarked on the journey for a reason and you need to use that initial impetus to sustain your determination, even when things get tough or look like thy aren’t moving as quickly as you want them to. Your self-belief will make other people believe in you and that leads to clients or customers!

Yeah! Thanks Amy.. you can find more over on her website here x

Creative Seasons / Spring Craft Project Inspiration

Hello folks! I have created a mood board with a few key images that will inspire my spring creative seasons projects & craftivism and wanted to share this with you. Small and special projects are high on my list this season. As well as working on a craftivism project inspired by the ever inspiring Sarah Corbett’s ongoing gentle protesting methods with the Craftivist Collective!

It’s taken a while to find what felt like the right direction for this first ‘creative season’ of projects. But small nature/nurture outdoorsy and plant inspired ideas feel right and a fun way to get other’s involved too! I am also going to use up lots of ends of yarn and scraps of fabrics for these first project to help spring clean my craft stash… And challenge myself a little further! Find full details about the mood board images and more on the Spring Craft Project Inspiration Pinterest board. I will also be posting more about these projects on my IG as I continue to curate this first season and share some progress. Feel free to tag your spring craft projects too using #creativeseasons

a mood board featuring spring craft projects

Title image care of The Craftivist Cllective. Clockwise from top left

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Women Who Create / Chloe & Abigail Baldwin

Welcome to the first instalment of Women Who Create Things Their Way series series 2. This year we are moving forward with the project and growing as we go. Adding new faces, skills, areas of expertise and experiences and inspiration to the fold. After a short break over the festive holiday we are back with a fantastic mix of interviewees!

Let’s kick things off with the creative duo Buttercrumble, a design and illustration company who aim to make you smile with their gorgeous playful design and super on it work ethic!

Tell us a little about your background…

We grew up in the sunny seaside town of Scarborough and have always loved art and design. Our Granddad worked as a printer in the town which meant we had a surplus supply of paper to scribble and paint on! From 2013 to 2016 we worked towards and completed a degree each in Graphic & Communication Design at The University of Leeds. We fell in love with the city and here we gained valuable experience working for marketing and PR agencies, and design studios. All of these experiences have enabled us to work on our passion – Buttercrumble!

Do you have creative habits or rituals within your work that help you stay focussed and happy?

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail! It’s really important for us to plan and manage our workflow to ensure we can achieve the best possible results for our clients. We believe that great design can only be built on strong foundations.

What two things can’t you live without?

Chocolate (sweetness is our weakness) and beautifully designed visuals!

What is your biggest source of inspiration?

We take inspiration from all around us. You can’t force inspiration; you just never know when it’ll strike!

What does ‘creative’ mean to you?

To be creative, be prepared to think outside the box. Be wild or go home! It’s always easier to rein back a bonkers idea than build up a safe idea. Take these ideas and then be inventive.

If you could collaborate on a creative project or idea with anyone… who would it be & why?

We love to collaborate with people from other disciplines as it’s interesting to see the different harmonies design can create.

Do you have a favourite piece of equipment that inspires your day to day process?

Our diary – the most effective thing to organise our design work.

What is the best thing about running your business especially as a duo?

It allows you to reach out to clients on a more personal level. We love getting to know others and hearing their stories and how we can help them!

What is your proudest creative moment in your journey so far?

Graduating together with a creative degree has been one of our proudest moments. Being the first people in our immediate family to have degrees made it a proud moment for them too.

What one piece of advice would you share with fellow women who create to help them on their business journey

It’s so important to be sisterly to one another as supporting another’s success won’t ever dampen yours. This said, don’t be afraid to shout about your own success and celebrate every tiny victory!

You can find more from Chloe and Abi over on their website or via social media x

Super+Super Creative Seasons

The idea of Super+Super Creative Seasons has evolved from my ongoing aim to do less better in life and business to allow me to share more in depth creative skills, projects and ideas with you folks AND to spend more time honing my craft as a creative/maker/designer and small biz owner. I’m excited about this new way of packaging up what I do to make it more lovely for you guys to see and share!

Over the past 5 years I have worked on some brilliant projects as a small creative business owner and also had opportunities to collaborate with like minded peers and companies to create some very special projects and workshops. Now don’t get me wrong, they don’t always go to plan, and my goodness have I learnt some lessons along the way. So I decided that this year I am going to plan my projects to fit in with the way I have come to realise I work/create and succeed the best. And that’s by looking at all my creative offerings in terms of seasons. Trying not to overload myself and leave space for things to come to me and grow naturally from what i’ve planned. Some of you may have seen my post on IG about my word of the year which this year is ‘Evolve’. Well It may sound pretty woo woo but I am going to try and embrace that this year!

So back to this creative seasons thing…

I will be running creative and crafts workshops as I always do, but this year I am going to work on really focus on skills based projects and things that have some kind of seasonal or practical relevance. Whilst re introducing more intermediate and higher level classes and courses that run over several weeks.

I want to work towards connecting people with hands on crafts and creative skills as a tool for relaxation, storytelling, overcoming social anxiety and sustainability.

It’s an exciting way for me to develop ideas and expand my own creative skills set, whilst developing in-depth / intermediate and higher level workshops which I can create along or in collaboration with other awesome peers!

I’d also love to work on some collaborative workshops & diy design based projects this year! As I mentioned on fb last week I am planning to re introduce craft diy project tutorials to the blog, eep. And I think these will follow the same kind of idea as workshops. i’d also really like to collaborate with other designer-makers here and create large scale craft based projects and events!

a group of young people sitting around a light wooden table with bright coloured soft yarns and modern weaving looms learning a new fun craft skill

I am also going to get back into creating free diy craft tutorial projects for the blog that fit in with this whole creative seasons idea. This sits really well with me and feels way less daunting than trying to publish a project once a month to fit a schedule. There’ll be more to come on the blog diy side of things… as I get some ideas down!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on all of this, i’ve spoken to several creative peers recently who are really embracing the idea of seasonality in their creative process and desigs,. AND if you’d like to discuss a collaboration project for the revived diy tutorial section on the blog OR an in person project drop me an email to hello@supersuperhq.com

Read more about the one little word project for inspiration on finding your word for the year over on Elise Get’s Crafty podcast – episode 117 

Amy x