2020 was a crazy year for us all; but some goods things came out of it in the area of creativity for me. I was working remotely 100% of the time which gave me more free time (hooray no commute!) and closer proximity to all my art supplies.
Thus 2020 was the year I ended up doing a complete re-brand of Naked Eye Studio, releasing TWO collections (which I had never done before), and joining a local co-op to have a permanent brick and mortar presence.
I ended 2020 feeling really good about my business, so I can only get excited about what is possible in 2021.
So with that, I want to share with you some of my big goals in creativity this year!
1. Make bad art
This one was inspired by an illustrator I love to follow on YouTube. She has what she calls a shitty sketchbook. The entire purpose is to fill the book with sketches and not care if they're good. And that concept is completely amazing to me. As an artist, perfection curses us often, and I will often abandon an idea, or not even allow myself to start, for fear it won't turn out right. So I'm determined to become more free and allow myself to make shitty art in 2021!
2. Explore more products
This goal is exciting to me, because if feels FUN. Trying new mediums, crafts, and products is a bold new world that I always get jazzed about, so I thought - why not lean into that even more? Try fabric. Try charms. Try metal, or sculpture, or anything! Exploring and learning has always been one of my strengths and I'm looking forward to feeling fulfilled in that area.
3. Push myself with collections
I gave myself a goal of pushing myself with collections. In 2020 I released 2 major collections with about 10 products in each. It was a lot of hard work, but extremely rewarding. This year I want to continue that trend and launch more collections with bigger inventory lists. This lets my creative brain and my analytical problem solving brain work together to formulate plans, checklists, and goals. I'm excited!
4. Be more consistent
My final desire for 2021 is to simply be more consistent with my creativity. To respect the skill I've worked over 20 years cultivating by continuing to train, stretch, and use those muscles. I truly believe like any other skill, when you abandon it, it begins to atrophy. I want to pay tribute and show gratitude for all I've accomplished and all I will accomplish by not letting that happen.
There you have it! My intentions and desires captured in 4 creative goals for 2021. I purposely kept it to four and believe you should to, if you're doing a similar exercise. My work with productivity coaches and performance enhancement research all says 3 to 5 goals is key, any more or less and you're less likely to accomplish them. Thank you for watching me grow through 2020 and I can't wait to continue to share my creativity journey with you!