As I have mentioned many a time, when I began this adventure I always dreamt that it would grow into a community, not simply a brand.
Today, I am so excited to announce that this is coming into reality.
I have joined forces with The Boileroom, Guildford’s music and community hub, to create ‘The Practitioners- A creative Collective’. I could not be more excited.
My aim for this collective is to create a community within the guildford area which enables creative individuals to share their experiences and their practice. For individuals that have made the decision for their innovative ideas to be what they spend their days doing.
Weather it be a printer, a painter, a knitter or a freelance writer, to enable us all to connect and share our ideas. A network to support one another, when running your own business or working as an individual gets tough (and boy there are days that it does), and even more so when you triumph!
When I first began working alone in January, I was so fired with a million ideas and potential avenues that I wished to take this brand, I was trying to solve every bump in the road my self, trying to do it all as well as appear solid. It didn't work, my confidence began to sink when I realised I couldn't achieve the never ending list I set my self, and in such a short amount of time.
I was craving the company of other creatives, desperately needing to share my ideas and designs. Feeling that I needed other minds to bounce off and to tell me, ‘that will do libby’.
As a creative, my mind flows in many direction in various speeds. When working for Anthropologie as a member of their visual team, we would chat for various mounts of time, brainstorming ideas . The conversations could be just as productive when only lasting ten minuets as the ones that went on for hours. One idea lead to another, which then sparked a light bulb moment for another member of the team. It was such a valuable and invigorating experience. This was where I felt my most comfortable and confident.
This is what I needed to create whilst working as an individual.
Due to the lack of this creative fix I gained from my time working closely with others I began feeling that my creativity was fading.
As I discussed in ’Community Matters’ this is where I then began to lean on my creative community through social media, which lead me to meet incredible creatives in the flesh.
Already in talks of big ideas with The Boileroom to create a creative organisation in guildford, this experience then fuelled me to make it succeed.
So, here we are. The Practitioners. A creative collective, that aim to inspire, innovate and support.
If you are in the guildford area and would like to get involved please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and share this with other designers that you know.
Our first meeting is on the 3rd of September 7-9pm. Our Venue is the ever inspiring The Boileroom. 13 STOKE FIELDS GUILDFORD GU1 4LS. Where we can grab a beverage, maybe even have a nibble to eat and chat through what, who and where we are all aiming to be.
I can not wait!
Come join the collective.