I’ve mentioned before that I have been struggling with designer’s block (or burnout) and boy, it hit hard this week. I haven’t been feeling particularly well, or sleeping particularly well, which leads to me not THINKING particularly well. Nothing is more frustrating than clearly knowing what I need to do in order to move forward, but somehow just not doing it. Every idea I’ve had this week has seemed like a terrible idea, and every project I’ve attempted has ended in failure (I’m looking at you, screen printing screens that just. won’t. get. clean.)
I think I need a change of pace. Even though I love my routine, not leaving the house every day isn’t good for me. Luckily, I have a lot of travel plans this summer, and unlike last summer, when it felt like I just needed a couple weeks to catch my breath, I am ready to mix it up, and get out of my comfort zone. Until the summer gets here, however, I have a lot to do, and I can’t just mope around and hope for things to change.
So, I started making stuff just for me. Namely, posters. It’s a creative exercise that helps me de-stress. Even if I struggled all day, at least something good came out of it. It’s a way to help me get through a time where I feel like I can’t get out of my own way. I was going to announce it on the blog as a poster a day project, and share what I make every day, but I realized that would just be turning it into another obligation. Knowing that I can make something, and not have to worry if anyone else would like it or respond to it helps me remember the simple joy of making something. These posters are a reminder that I could make something when I felt like I’d never have a creative thought again – and that’s a victory.