Pursuit of Creativity: A Collab with Sarah Clement
Illustration in collaboration with Sarah Clement
This summer I found myself doing just that. Fresh out of a job and facing the perils of being “let go”, I was simply and utterly de-motivated. I literally lived in my couch and dreamt of seasons past when I left an ideal job position to move back to Vancouver in order to pursue a more adventure-packed, creativity-driven life. Yes, it was a dramatic dream in every form: I was to be a pirate of creativity and sail the tides of challenge in order to find the treasure trove of opportunities in forms of self-directed projects. That was a legit dream–metaphorical, but legit. And yet there I was, eating microwaved pizza in my PJ’s at 3 in the afternoon. I don’t know what happened but I can tell you that my determination factor was down by 70%. I didn’t know what to do, and frankly, I didn’t care. I was digging myself into a hole of self-loathing and sadly, it seemed like I didn’t have the courage to get out.
Luckily for me, before this dark period (the pizza stains still haunt me), I began collaborating with artist/illustrator Sarah Clement. I’ve admired her courage (she moved to Berlin) and work for some time and was glad she agreed to work with me. It was going great, and we were excited over the possibilities of working together. Amidst my struggles, I attempted to keep my pace–albeit often distracted–with the project. It had been a lot of up’s and down’s but I appreciate our joint decision that we complete it.
In retrospect, these images bring pangs of bittersweet sentiment. For that, I like it even more. I like the flawed side of me that I see when I look at it, but also the effectiveness of creative support from a fellow creative.