Early in the week, I discussed authenticity and social awareness in relation to the creative process with Cat Ivins from Uncorked & Polarity. Now… we tackle obstacles.
Tara: Here’s a question from Stephey Baker. What’s one of the recurring obstacles you face as an artist creating a thriving business?
Catherine: My challenge at the moment is in production – finding creative fulfillment in the making of something for the thousandth time when I am the person who likes to make something ONCE and move on.
I know that growth comes from doing the hardest thing – it would be easier for me to just make something else – and I do sometimes because I have to – but there is growth in the repetition, too – a kind of meditation that I have learned to appreciate in my life. It doesn’t always have to be so intense to be intense, you know what I mean.
Tara: I do know what you mean – and I give you MAD PROPS (do people still say that?!) for working through it like that.
I can’t. Just can’t. Repetition is not in my skill set.
So you don’t outsource any part of production?
Catherine: Not yet! It can be hard – I used to have a mall cart during the holidays and in Sept before I opened I would literally cut thousands of mats – lock myself in a room with books on tape – and to tell you the truth it was great.
Tara: ah! When books on tape are involved, it is always fun!