MY HOME STUDIO

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Surrounding myself with things that fill me up with ideas, inspiration and energy and keep me moving throughout the day is vital to my business growth and something I take very seriously.

For a long time my creative zone was wherever I could find enough space and resources to get in the groove. And still, if I want to create when I'm on vacation or traveling, location or space will not hinder my flow.

Although sometimes you have to make do with what you have. When I lived alone, in a one bedroom apartment, my desk, artwork and supplies were scattered throughout my living room and kitchen. I created my first art exhibit paintings on my kitchen floor. My first art prints and stationery (that I sold on my first Esty shop) were photographed on the carpet against a sheet of white paper.

As my business and life grew, so did my space. When I married my husband, we moved into a 3 bedroom apartment where I - for the very first time - had my own studio space.

Having my own designated space to work and create was transformative to my creative in and business growth. 

Today I have a living-room-sized home studio where I create, meet and work with my dream clients, brainstorm, design and develop brands and websites, paint, write, email, read, daydream, and enjoy the majority of my day.

I have a huge painting that I created a few years back of someone jumping off a cliff to remind me of how scary life can be sometimes but that when you trust the process and have faith, you can take the leap.

I have a wall plastered with post-it notes and ideas and goals on my blackboard to remind of what I want to do. I have an empty white canvas on an easel waiting for me. I have a book shelf drenched with resources and ideas. I have pictures of family and loved to remind me how I got here and how I continue to go forth. I have plants everywhere to give my energy and life. I have nearly every supply, tool or piece of equipment I could ever need to create with. And I have this desk and computer to keep me connected to you.

Everyday when I set foot in this room, I automatically feel energized, motivated and ready to begin my day. Check out some other seriously inspirational studio spaces herehere and here. And here some tips on how to make your space super creative.

How about you, what do you surround yourself with to fill you up with inspiration, ideas and creativity? What are some of your favorite things about where you create?

THE WILDERNESS PROJECT

the-wilderness-project A photographer and previous branding client of mine contacting me recently with an idea. She explained that her vision was to start a project that gave children the opportunity to explore and experience the wilderness in an artful way. Providing each child with a Holga or other film camera, she hopes to encourage a way for the children to express themselves, feel free and find solace.

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Helping all children including ones that have lost a family member, suffer from chronic or terminal illness, or face anxiety which inhibits their learning and relationships is her mission. So that one day when life throws them a challenge, they will be more able to face it with success if they know the power of being awake in the wild.

It's like art and nature therapy for children. 

I grew up in very small town surrounded by woods, creeks and cornfields. My siblings and I would spend hours outside, exploring the wild, skipping rocks, jumping creeks, hiding in the cornfields and hiking up a creek to find that waterfall. So I too have experienced first hand how healing and inspirational nature can be.

Heather McKay Bowes asked for my collaboration in this project to create artwork that will be interwoven with photographs taken by the children and of the children and arranged in a book.

In order to get The Wilderness Project going Heather has launched a kickstarted campaign HERE.

To learn a little more about Heather, read an interview I had with her HERE, she's a pretty wonderful and down-to-earth lady that's extremely talented. Seriously, you need to check out her work HERE.

Have an idea you want to collaborate on? Or one you want to share? Have you ever used Kickstarter to raise money for your idea? I'd love to hear from you in the comments below or via email: meredithcbullock@gmail.com

(All photos by Heather McKay Bowes)