“To yell at your creativity, saying, “You must earn money for me!” is sort of like yelling at a cat; it has no idea what you’re talking about, and all you’re doing is scaring it away, because you’re making really loud noises and your face looks weird when you do that.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear (quote from Elizabeth Gilbert)
I did a lot of thinking in 2017 about what I really want to do and how. Over the last few years I have experimented with drawing and printmaking and tried to make money from selling the results. I have concluded that what I like about making art is the process. The work I like most is in my sketchbooks, it’s imperfect and experimental but mostly always has a little spark of an idea and an element of chance about it. Trying to make a living from it can spoil it. So this year I plan to get a proper job and set my creativity free from the idea it should make money (it doesn’t anyway) and also free from any label. I want to explore the creativity in gardening, art, crafts and life in general. I’ll get a proper part time job and the rest of the time I’ll be playing and see where that leads me. I’ll develop this blog as a way of recording these creative experiments.
After many distractions with moving house and relocating my work space during 2016 and 2017 I finally hope to be able to begin applying some permaculture / forest & perennial garden design ideas. With the primary aim of creating a very productive low maintenance garden and perhaps contributing to some plant research projects. More on this later.
I’ll document the development of my garden each month. Here’s the first – and my tasks for January are: (1) digging a soak-away to ensure the workshop doesn’t flood! (2) securing the end of the garden. (3) Repairing the left hand fence. (4) making paths (5) building a chicken run.