Staying Inspired

By Kristen Collier

There may not be a Camp Creative this January, but ‘tis still the season for creative projects. Camp coordinator Kristen  Collier has some ideas on how to keep them on track.

Your family may already be regretting the ukulele you got for Christmas, as you plink away in front of a YouTube tutorial and play ‘Row Your Boat’ for the 400 th time. Or you could finally be using the artist acrylics / twenty balls of alpaca wool / fretsaw / fancy Nikon / other ‘finally gonna DO this’ item that you bought online during lockdown.

It’s usually mid-March when things fall over. Work and school are back and the unwavering resolve for flute practice EVERY DAY has weakened to weekly. By August, the only instrument you play could be the remote – ringing out the ‘dong-dum’ of a Netflix binge.

Here’s some tips to keep you going (doesn’t include being locked down at home due to another global pandemic, let’s not jinx things).

Get a buddy Mastering a new chord is easier with someone to play it to. Find yourself a creative buddy for regular jams or crafternoons. It doesn’t even have to be in person. Video calls are great for music buddies – play each other songs, share tips, have a whinge about how you can’t feel your fingertips anymore.

You may not be ready to share your artwork in progress with the world but texting a weekly update photo to a drawing buddy could keep you motivated.

Commit to a regular class (or don’t) A good teacher and dedicated time for learning can make a world of difference. With COVID, the explosion of things like online choirs and living-room dance classes has also removed the ‘having to put on shoes and leave the house’ element of creative learning.

Can’t commit to a regular class? Keep an eye out for workshops. A weekend pottery retreat could get you back in front of your wheel after a mid-year slump. It doesn’t have to be super expensive – check out local Facebook groups for community listings.

Get a Guru Some believe social media influencers to be the OTHER plague upon the world, but regular tips and photos from an inspiring teacher or artist could keep you motivated. If there are YouTube tutorials you keep coming back to, check out who is making them and subscribe or sign up a monthly email. Just try and avoid ‘scrolling through Pinterest quilt ideas to get started on making’. It’s a trap!

Do a blitz Lockdown was peak creative challenge time. Even though pandemic ones like #30dayartquarantine are finished, there’s plenty more online. They’re great because you’re not alone in the push to write a daily haiku or take a themed photo – there’s an online community where you can cheer each other on.

Enrol in Camp Creative (shameless plug) Consider a creative holiday in Bellingen in January 2022. Five days with a dedicated teacher in a buzzing community of fellow creatives = an excellent way to rekindle your spark for the new year. Enrolments open 1 July 2021.