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New Team Member – Welcome Melanie Sharpe!

New Team Member – Welcome Melanie Sharpe!

New Team Member – Welcome Melanie Sharpe!

New Team Member Melanie Sharpe

April 17, 2024

Melanie (Mel) works as an Illustrator, Graphic Designer and Surface Pattern Designer based in Auckland, New Zealand.

If you would love to see more of Mel’s work click here

 

To say we are excited to have Mel helping us would be the understatement of the year!

As a self-taught designer, Mel has had the privilege to work with a range of local and international companies across fabric, home decor, fashion and stationery industries.
 
Her designs are bright and colorful, with a particular focus on native plants and animals from both Australia and New Zealand.
 
Mel began working with Creative Studio Collective in the fall of 2023 and has become and invaluable member of our team! We are so thrilled to have her working with us to help execute on all of the exciting new ideas and opportunities we have in store for the Creative Studio Collective community!
 
If you see Mel popping up in our community, on our social, or in our newsletters be sure to say “Hi” and in the meantime you can find more of her work on her InstagramPinterest or website
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A note from Mel:

Hi Everyone!

Can I just say, it is so lovely to be here.

I absolutely love being part of the Creative Studio Collective team and working with Fleur and Ryann.

As I’m often putting together Artists Spotlights and other features I feel like I know some of you already . I love seeing the designs you create and especially hearing about your design wins!

I can’t wait to meet more Creative Brief Members in our community. Feel free to reach out and say ‘Hi’ anytime!

If you are not a member yet & would love to learn more about our amazing design tool to help you build your portfolio like a pro then click the button below to learn more.

At Creative Studio Collective, we’re all about crafting fantastic design tools for Surface Pattern Designers, Textile Designers, Artists & creatives that support you on your creative journey, allowing you to focus on the enjoyable aspects while we handle all the strategic thinking and planning for you! 

Creative Brief Tip Stay Ahead of the Game

Creative Brief Tip Stay Ahead of the Game

Creative Brief Tip

Creative Brief Tip – Stay Ahead of the Game

 In the fast-paced world of creative industries, staying ahead of the game is no easy feat. One key strategy to ensure you’re always in demand is to commit to creating consistently, and your briefs are designed to help you achieve precisely that.

Each month, you are presented with a new creative challenge – a brief that serves as a guide to upcoming trends and on demand motifs. Embrace these briefs and unleash your creativity, and you’ll be amazed at how far ahead of the competition you can get.

Consistency in creation is the cornerstone of success. When you commit to taking on each brief, you’re not just creating art; you’re honing your skills, expanding your portfolio, and nurturing your ability to meet deadlines effectively. This discipline is a game-changer.

First and foremost, consistent creation establishes your credibility in the industry. Clients and collaborators appreciate professionals who can consistently deliver high-quality work. By committing to each monthly brief, you’re building a reputation as a reliable artist who is always up for a challenge.

Each new artwork you create adds to your portfolio, making it a versatile and dynamic representation of your skills. This diverse portfolio enables you to appeal to a broader range of clients and industries.

So, don’t hesitate. Embrace each brief, commit to creating each month, and you will find you are ready to say ‘yes’ to companies and opportunities when they arise.

Talk soon!
Fleur & Ryann
Creative Brief Member Spotlight

Creative Brief Member Spotlight

Creative Brief Member Spotlight

Artist Spotlight Sue Thomson

April 8, 2024

Sue has always been a creative person trying her hand at many creative projects, and is a self-taught artist. Sue is enjoying her SPD journey and is inspired by the nature surrounding her at her home in New Zealand.

Her latest collection “Blooming” is full of beautiful floral designs hand painted in a whimsical style.

If you would love to see more of Sue’s designs click here

The Portfolio Building Creative Briefs supply me with so much useful information!

They include colour palettes and check lists are a really helpful guide when it comes to the process of creating a beautiful collection. 

As a business owner, staying on track with my Surface Pattern Design journey is difficult. My best tip is to try and do one thing a day to progress your journey.  I try to allow myself 3 hours per day, which can be broken up into snippets, but I mostly fit this in in the evenings. As long as I do one thing a day I am happy.

We love hearing from our Portfolio Building Creative Design Brief members on how they love our Design Briefs & their hot tips for working with them! if you are a member & would love to be featured submit below.

If you are not a member yet & would love to learn more about our amazing design tool to help you build your portfolio like a pro then click the button below to learn more.

At Creative Studio Collective, we’re all about crafting fantastic design tools for Surface Pattern Designers, Textile Designers, Artists & creatives that support you on your creative journey, allowing you to focus on the enjoyable aspects while we handle all the strategic thinking and planning for you! 

Studio Tips How Do I Get Out of a Creative Block?

Studio Tips How Do I Get Out of a Creative Block?

Q: How do I get out of a creative block?

Do you ever feel like you are creatively ‘stuck’? Or have you felt all your design ideas flitter away when presented with a blank page? Every creative encounters roadblocks on their artistic journey. Our mission at Creative Studio Collective is to guide you through these challenges, helping you rediscover inspiration in your art practice.

Here are a couple of tips to help you when you’re in a creative block:

  • Look for inspiration in different places. Take a walk outside, explore a museum, observe the world around you.
  • Observe other artists. Check out what your peers are doing, talk to them or read interviews.
  • Take a break from your work. Take a break and stretch your creativity in a new way. Maybe it’s sitting at the piano, or playing with clay, or pressing flowers. Step away from the art you normally create and allow yourself to create in a different way with no expectations attached to it.
  • Try something new. Experiment with different mediums, styles, or techniques.
  • Brainstorm and make lists. Think of different ideas and write them down.
  • Keep an inspiration journal. Collect images, quotes, or words that inspire you, if you start this before you get a creative block you will have lots to pull from when it strikes.
  • Read and watch. Explore the works of other artists or watch a movie or documentary.
  • Take a class. Learn something new and challenge yourself.
  • Join an Art Challenge. Joining the community in art challenges, is a great way to create new things & break a creative block or you could just make up your own challenge by using drawing prompts & pull them from a jar to spark new ideas.
  • Get out of your comfort zone. Go and explore new places. 

    Feeling stuck in your creative process can be disheartening, but it doesn’t have to halt your progress. Our Monthly Portfolio Building Creative Design Briefs are specifically designed to rekindle your inspiration and provide a structured path to not only overcome creative blocks but also to refine your skills, build an impressive portfolio, and achieve your artistic goals.

    Dive deeper into your creative potential and break free from those blocks. Click here to explore our Monthly Portfolio Building Creative Design Briefs and start transforming your art journey today.

 

 

Talk soon!
Fleur & Ryann

Studio Chat – Falling Forward

Studio Chat – Falling Forward

Studio Chat: FALLING FORWARD
Embracing growth in the
creative journey

Embarking on a creative journey is full of excitement, potential, and yes, the inevitable setbacks. It’s in these moments of challenge that we need to embrace the concept of “failing forward”.

Rather than viewing mistakes as roadblocks, we have come to understand them as invaluable opportunities for learning and growth.

As a creative, mistakes are inevitable. It is essential to cultivate a positive perspective, seeing these missteps not as failures but as stepping stones toward success. The creative industry, with its ever-evolving landscape, demands resilience in the face of rejection and a rejection of the notion of perfection.

Let’s reimagine the language we use; instead of “failing,” let’s embrace the term “growing.” Missed opportunities aren’t dead ends but chances for personal development. Rejections, rather than being seen as ‘closing doors’, offer valuable feedback that can propel us forward.

Persistence and consistency are the unsung heroes of the creative process. Each setback, each rejection, should serve as fuel to refine our craft and push towards our goals.

So, here’s to failing forward – to embracing growth, learning from every experience, and encouraging a community that thrives on inspiration rather than competition. Let’s normalize failure, celebrate progress over perfection, and keep moving forward, for in each setback lies the seed of a greater success.

If you would like to hear more details on this topic, including how to deal with feedback, revisiting opportunities, cultivating emotional resilience and stretching boundaries then hop on over to our studio library to listen now!

If you would love to dive into this topic more then get FREE ACCESS TO OUR STUDIO CHAT LIBRARY  HERE

There is an entire video library of chats and it’s totally FREE!

In the library we cover topics including:

– Raising Your Prices

– Kickstarting Consistency in Your Art Practice

– Industry Myth Busting and lots more