Monday, April 20, 2009
a morning at yellow pencil studio
there is a joy in being able to work alone as an artist without having to worry about nosy cubicle neighbors, office politics, and fixed hours. but once in a while it's nice to bounce an idea off another human or to feel creative energy flowing from another source. my friend christy, who works full time in editorial/children's illustration and letterpress design, was intrigued by the concept of a 'jelly', or coworking, in which creatives/freelancers gather in a common environment (usually someone's home or in a coffee shop) to work independently on their own projects and offer resources and assistance to each other such as proofreading and brainstorming. the idea is to create an atmosphere of camaraderie and creativity without having to worry about the woes of a traditional office.
so this morning christy opened the doors of yellow pencil studio for heather, robin, amanda, estelle, and me to work together while working separately. she set up the network for those who brought laptops, and had delicious munchies and french press coffee waiting for us. there was much buzz about the exciting launch of estelle's new marketing company, the local art auction last weekend, and lots of other art and creativity-related topics while we worked on our own projects. as much as i enjoy working alone, i got something different out of this experience that was equally as satisfying - absorbing the energy of others as they did something they enjoyed. it refilled my create-o-meter and for one time in my life i can say i adored all of my co-workers.
have any of you gathered with other artists/creatives in an environment like this? if you have, i'd love to hear about it.
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