December 13, 2012

Are you a creative “slashie?”

Filed under: Creativity — Tags: , , , — lidia @ 10:00 am

graphic designer/blogger/bookbinder/artist

While reading the book Mom, Inc. by Meg Mateo Ilasco and Cat Seto, I came across a term I thought was brilliant: creative “slashie.” The authors talked about how they consider themselves creative slashies, i.e. artist/designer/writer. I thought to myself: Yes! Finally someone has come up with a term to describe me.

It turns out I’ve always been a creative slashie. Yes, I’m a graphic designer, but I also pursue many other creative outlets. So, now you can call me a graphic designer/blogger/bookbinder/artist. How’s that for a creative slashie?

Some people may make it seem like pursuing varied creative interests makes you scattered or flighty. However, I’ve always felt that by pursuing all of my creative inspirations, I am honoring and showing gratitude for my unique talents.

And I find that it’s a common trait among creatives. In fact, HOW Magazine regularly features creatives with side businesses in their Sidelines column. (I was lucky enough to be featured in the inaugural column!)

And as Mom, Inc. authors Meg and Cat so eloquently put it, “Once you tap into your inner creative and project your talents to the world, you won’t always know what your next act is going to be—and that’s the beauty of it.” I couldn’t have put it better myself.

Read my book review of Mom, Inc. here.

What kind of creative slashie are you?

June 22, 2012

Shopping for creative inspiration (literally)

Filed under: Creativity,Workspace — Tags: , , , — lidia @ 3:29 pm

Latte cups, Hello Kitty candy...and magazines!

Yesterday, I went to Anthropologie on Southport Ave. in Lakeview in search of a magazine (Anthology). I ended up leaving with issues of Anthology and Uppercase Magazine (my two new favorite magazines, thank you)—plus a whole bunch of creative inspiration.

After inevitably trying on clothes, I found myself browsing—and becoming inspired by—the books, magazines and other lovely finds scattered throughout the store.

A few inspirational finds:

Because we had kids in tow, a stop at Candyality was a must. That’s where I saw a fabulous mini takeout box tin of Hello Kitty Fortune Candy. (again, would love to use in my office)

So, what’s my point (besides the fact that I like to shop)? Sometimes you have to go shopping for inspiration. Get out of your usual routine and keep an open mind. You may not find the perfect dress, but what you do find might be even better…

Anyone else find creative inspiration in retail spaces?