2022 was a relatively quiet year. I finished a few classes, spent time with people I care about and dabbled in a few creative things.
The majority of my year was devoted to Uni. I completed Materials & Image Development which allowed me to spend a lot of time improving my traditional art skills. Design For Communication was another great class where I had fun creating designs for print and web. I am currently completing Photomedia Studio, which has been an exciting examination of context and meaning within photography.
Something I discovered in 2022 was that I would sometimes place an enormous amount of pressure on myself to complete projects. The pressure created anxiety, and the tension made what should be a fun and creative task into a kind of chore. I think part of that problem was the high expectations I would set for myself. I wanted to create many designs for Cute Magic, add a bundle of illustrations on Creative Market, create more Scanograms, capture the world through photographs and complete another children’s book (and probably many other little things). In the end, I didn’t finish many of these things. If I could have taken the pressure away, I think it might have been much healthier, and I could have approached it completely differently. Acknowledging it was a light-bulb moment, and I realised that I should create designs and photographs because I want to and because I am inspired to do so, not because I have to.
I look forward to taking this approach into 2023 and spending time on the projects I feel called to do.
👑 2022 Highlights
- 🎓 Completed Materials & Image Development and Design For Communication
- 💝 Spent time with great friends
- 🟢 Dyed my hair green
- 🤩 Got a septum, 2 conch and 2 tragus piercings
- 🅰 Created a new font called A Little Freehand
✨ 2023 Goals
- 🎨 Find inspiration in the everyday
- 🖌 Express my creativity without pressure and deadlines
- 💖 Appreciate the time I have with the people I love
- 📘 Continue working on the draft of my third children’s book
What did you do in 2022? What are your plans for 2023? Let me know in the comments below. ⭐️