Emotional Wellbeing of the Creative Soul: Recharge

The 7th part in a series of blog posts written ‘exclusively’ for Graduate Fashion Week by Samata


Anything worth having is worth working hard for and all that jazz… so yes working in the fashion industry is hard, but it is meant to be, it’s a $1.5 trillion dollar global industry business.

Still it is exhausting working across multiple time zones, mastering your social media, rolling out marketing/PR initiatives, finding decent suppliers/manufacturers, building a team and ultimately expressing your creativity through work with the belief, hope or blind faith that it will be accepted and generate a living for you.

The emotional well being of creatives is extremely important to me, I know several stressed out creatives who passionately pour themselves into designing with a less than satisfactory return/very little acknowledgement. We all need to recharge, here are some of the ways I do it….

Words
I am also a sucker for a good quote (as exemplified by my Inspiring Quotes* board on Pinterest tor #SamataQuotes) but in addition these are some of the books/blog I read when I need to see something encouraging.

Books
Ariana Huffington – Thrive
Malcolm Gladwell – The Tipping Point
Rumi – Anything will do

Pin/Watch
I don’t know about you but I love trawling Pinterest, and nothing beats immersing yourself in a soft blanket on the sofa for a good movie – I created a playlist on my YouTube Channel for Fashion From The Movies and included some favourite scenes.

This clip from the 2008 movie The Women show’s Mary’s cathartic fashion show and always stings the eyes! It reminds us all how fashion can be therapeutic for a designer (the backstory to this scene in a nutshell is that for clothing designer Mary Haines, creating this particular collection provides comfort through a challenging time – you see her evolution play out as the silhouettes and shades in this fashion show gradually change – a very powerful scene.)

Samata
In 2016 Samata produced and narrated the short video Designing Change alongside Suzy Amis Cameron.

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