Oh how this creative creature (moi) is suffering from a) lack of sleep and b) bad case of creative block: nothing much is pouring from these pencils and pens of mine today. I'm afraid my scrapbook will have to starve this Saturday and deal with the harsh neglect (I aggressively shoved it into my desk draw) its receiving from me.
What with the inspiration escaping my veins and soul today, along with heavy eyelids (I've not slept through the whole entire night in what feels like forever. Soon as I shut my eyes I get ideas, so I stumble towards my desk in the vain hope of writing and sketching these blurry ideas down. Before I go and forget them.Often I have extreme cases when right there at 3:30am I'll turn my lamp on get all my equipment out, switch the late night rock show on and get on with the task in hand...beginning a new piece of work) I've spent hours making up my prettyneons labels, all from scratch! I'm a complete perfectionist (always at risk of over doing it) and began cutting up my material into a very specific size. Followed by hand writing the labels ( I know, I know buy a bloody label maker! I've tried and tested this: not too keen on the results the labels lacked soul. Labels should have soul, be special and be all lovely.After all they're pretty important!).
Hmmm yes anywhos, I've competed all the labels cut them, printed them, and hand stitched most of them to my designs.
Yesterday I met up with Yummy Culture dedicated 100% to highlighting creative creatures...or should that be creative cows( do have a snoop and all shall be explained) and their creative needs. Needless to say if your either an artist, fashion designer, musician anyone who is prone to creative block and struggling to get your creative dream and goal off the ground, and in the desperate need for exposure GO pay Yummyculture a visit!
yummyculture and prettyneons are collaborating together with one very, very, very exciting project sketched up for the near future (which will benefit and eventually involve all you highly creative guys and 'gals) one massive project in fact, that will certainly have a positive impact on the creative world.Yummyculture and I are busy as bees (or busy as cows?) working and developing on right this minute.
It makes perfect, perfect sense for us (prettyneons and yummyculture) to team up, because were both passionate about creativity, exploring, encouraging and exposing little creative creatures. With the aim of converting others (when I say others, I'm referring to those people lacking any sort of creative bone in their body. With no desire of listening or helping artists, designers, writers etc) to take creativity seriously. As so often creativity is mocked, snubbed and ignored ( and like my scrap book) shoved to one side.
Especially here in the UK, where there are endless creative based degree courses available. Only one slight catch, when finally you step out of university with that precious degree certificate (that your so very proud of, and which you've worked your ass off for since you were at high school trying to achieve those A* grades) the reality is there are no (or very few and very far between) opportunities to climb that golden, creative career ladder as once promised. Why? Well basically the very few creative ladders which are available, are of course prioritized for daughters of has been pop/rock star fathers. Penning pointless poor features in newspapers and fashion publications, all this before churning out a very average fashion designer collaboration and a spot of modeling.
Never mind all those hundreds and thousands of individuals who have slaved away and studied for years on end, putting a social life on hold. Wanting to party, 'live it up' but instead opt for completing that assignment/ project handing it in for the original and tight dead line ( no extensions granted). This is a pattern which continues for many, many years from college through to university. From the average age of sixteen to twenty three/ twenty four.During those tough years of hard grafting, you don't question or doubt your decision to continue with 'higher education'. There is very little time for doubt when meeting those vital deadlines, you convince yourself that all the talk and brainwashing on the 'endless possibilities which University can provide and give you a brighter future' from your ninth grade teacher at high school is fact.
I'll study, cry blood sweat and tears damn it,this will all be worth the effort one day.
Erm..not so it seems here in England.
Where sadly the amount of unemployed graduates rise and soar year after year, especially music graduates, journalist graduates, multi media graduates, fashion graduates-creative cleaver graduates. I suppose it doesn't help that there is this blatant gap in England, where we depressingly do not make or produce anything anymore. Hence why such a high volume of creative graduates are greeted, only by these false economy style jobs.
I've been compiling an awful lot of research together the subject obviously being the above why are creative graduates falling at the way side?
I've been contacting graduates from as far back as three years ago (thanks for all your help guy's;) this was indeed a long and challenging process. I've also found creative graduates within my local area who have failed to find their ideal and degree related job. Their working in supermarkets,care homes and cold calling. Shockingly many more are down the jobcentre claiming jobseekers allowance. Because many have been turned down by supermarkets for being over qualified. Shops fear that if they employ a graduate they will become restless and wave goodbye: wasting their precious time.
Yes we will abandon Tescos (other supermarkets are available) soon as the career of our dreams appear, though a nine to five job at Tescos with minimum wage will do as a way of means until then. Plus it beats existing on jobseekers allowance, and would all in all cost the government far less.
Cant Brown and his trusty (cough, cough) gang do mathematics?
All this wasted creative talent must come to an end, no?