Sometimes the most creative thing to do is to stop

Perching Bird with Stand Brooch (sterling silver, steel, plexiglass, found plastic, 2013)

Perching Bird with Stand Brooch (sterling silver, steel, plexiglass, found plastic, 2013)

The best laid plans of designers and makers often go awry.  Buoyed up by a really excellent week (a fab new stockist in Brighton, and news that I’ve been selected as a new maker by exclusive online boutique Seek & Adore), I’d planned a full day’s making in the studio.

Maybe due to the adrenaline of the week’s excitements dissipating, or perhaps due to my 21-year-old ginger cat giving me a whiskery awakening at 4am, I came over all exhausted by noon, and have retired to bed.

Typical lazy creative, I hear you thinking. Not so:  this craftsperson juggles three part-time roles around the limitations of some pretty hefty health issues. So, for me, historically someone who drives myself to a really quite dumb degree, the creative thing to do was recognise the knackeredness, and take it easy for once.

After all, as godmother of British ballet Ninette de Valois said: “somebody must always be doing something new, or life would get very dull”.  My new thing is to take time to recharge, rather than always running on empty.

And to appease my inner Protestant work ethic (damn that work ethic), heres’s a picture of my new Perching Bird Brooch with Stand design, completed last week.