events 04 | creative community
By now you know that we love creative collaboration. It's a thrilling thing to be out on your own but isolation can quickly set-in. Many creatives leave art school, surrounded by other like-minded folk, always ready with a second opinion, or the corporate world where, even if you're not totally loving your work, at least you have personal interaction every day. Enter the freelancing world and all of a sudden your constructive critics are gone and you find yourself designing away in a coffee shop...
Though Ashley and I create in different mediums, working alongside one another has done wonders for our esteem and art. We quickly realized how essential it is to surround yourself with folks pursuing similar things -- seeking the ever illusive ideal clientele, setting yourself apart from the other x of people practicing your art, chasing work-life-balance. It didn't take long for us to see that this is a need across the creative board. And so we contacted 15 folk who are making good work and have made an effort to connect with others (hoping that maybe 4 would say yes), and we received 15 "YES" R.S.V.P.'s, and did a dance each time we opened one.
Ashley killed it with the invitation design (a calendar of our once-a-month meeting November through April that wrapped around an invitation and serrated R.S.V.P card), and our welcome packet which introduced our attendees, explained our monthly talking points, and how we want the time to be encouraging, enlightening, sharpening and even provide some accountability.
Our first meeting was more lovely than we could have expected. We're both so grateful for the folks that came out (early on a Monday morning!), and shared where they are personally and in their business. We're all in this together.
note : we've had several inquiries about how others can be involved -- we're hoping to have rounds of meetings in six-month rotations. If you're interested, please write to us and we'll include you in the next round of applications!