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Happy Friday! Welcome to another instalment of Creative Conversations!
If there was anything I could tell you about me, other than my love for photography, it's that I love coffee. And I love the actual ritual of going to a coffee shop. I can sit in them for hours, and usually do, editing or journaling or simply watching the world go by. So when it was time to meet my next interviewee naturally we gravitated to a coffee shop and I chose LOVE CRUMBS. We sat in the sunny window, drank our coffee and chatted all things creativity.
Can you tell me a bit about yourself and what you do?
I am a freelance writer, digital marketer, and blogger, and I am passionate about ethical and sustainable fashion. I'm also studying for a degree in Fashion Communication, and in my spare time I obsess over true crime podcasts and documentaries, devour any kind of sweet food and hoard charity shop clothes. I live in Edinburgh and work from home, but travel around for meetings and social stuff as much as I can.
What is creativity to you? Do you consider yourself to be creative?
Creativity comes in many different forms; I don't consider myself to be creative in the traditional sense, as I don't draw or paint or sew or make physical things, but I love to write, and I love putting images together, and overall I devour the creativity of others. I also think you can approach non-creative pursuits with the creative side of your brain, so I might be doing copywriting for a corporate client or general admin for a business, but I can look outside the box for creative solutions.
Would you say you had a creative job? A creative life?
I definitely do have a creative job, because I primarily write about and work with fashion and the arts. I have a creative life in that I like to consume arts and culture as much as possible, but if I had more time I would like to create more and indulge more in things like cooking and maybe even sketching and designing too.
What, or who, inspires you to be creative?
I honestly don't know, I guess its something that you are maybe born with, it drives who you are without you even having to try, its just part of your personality! But I am inspired by the incredible creative women around me, from a tech CEO to a textiles designer to a stylist to an influencer; I think Scotland is full of the most amazing female entrepreneurs and everyone supports each other in their creative pursuits. Its about community over competition and I love that.
When I started this project I wanted to include a wide range of people and their businesses, passion projects and side hustles. Everyone has a process and I want to share those in-betweens; more than just the idea at the beginning and the end result. I hope you enjoy reading and finding out a little more about Blondilox, my third interviewee. She makes some pretty excellent tasting porridge blends!
Tell us a bit more about you and Blondilox Blondilox is an online website where you can create your own bespoke porridge blend with oats and yummy superfoods. I would describe myself as hustling gypsy with a background in social media and journalism within the music industry.
How did Blondilox start? Blondilox began after I had a total burn out - I was severely stressed and developed an eating disorder. Through that I developed a passion for healthy food; porridge was a huge part of my personal recovery as it's such a creative dish. I always knew I wanted to start my own business and that's how Blondilox was born.
Describe yourself in 5 words Passionate, curious, hustler, cheeky & free-spirited.
Can you explain your process when working? Ha! If only I could explain that to myself. Organised chaos.
What is your dream project? A super creative and collaborative social good campaign with a huge brand like NIKE, or a new start-up that intertwines and aligns with what I'm doing. It has to involve travel also. Not only do I love travel but it's my biggest inspiration and motivation for creating and doing anything.
What is important to you when you are creating/working? Feeling inspired. Work has to excite me. Collaborations, travel and feedback keeps me moving forward and creating.
What do you need most in life? Music and lipbalm.
One of the things that really makes a difference when you start your own business or begin freelancing is the support you receive. Today I wanted to introduce you to something that I am a huge supporter of: Boom Saloon.
On Friday I was invited to Boom Saloon VS. The Idea Police: video preview night. So along with some of my great Edinburgh Creative friends and some rather tasty popcorn we got comfortable and watched a pretty superb film announcing exactly what Boom Saloon is.
My friend Rachel, and her friend Jamie, have been working their dogs bollocks off recently organising, making, collaborating and creating the Boom Saloon magazine. But it is also SO.MUCH.MORE than that! If you click this link here you can find out exactly what it's all about and it's much better than me trying to explain! Their Kickstarter campaign starts today and it would be really great, if you are interested, to support this fab project. I can't wait until the print copy is available!
Here is the kickstarter link
One of the things that I used to hear a lot from experienced photographers, when I was first starting out, was that I should just photograph my friends for practice. I love my friends, but I don't think a SINGLE one of them likes it when I point a camera at their face. I try to be sly, get more documentary style photos, as that's what I love, and people are more natural that way. But most of the time, it doesn't work.
So you can imagine my happiness when after asking my friend Solii, for maybe the billionth time if I can take her photo, she turned around and said yes. Slightly reluctantly, but still a yes! She is gorgeous, and the weather was almost a perfect blend of something resembling sunshine with a light breeze. I love some sort of movement in my photos, I'm not a fan of static imagery at all, and with Solii's hair moving in the wind I can't help but love this photo.
p.s. as a little thank you to Solii, you should go and check out her biz BeFabBeCreative
Hello! It's Edinburgh International Fashion Festival Weekend and an incredibly suitable time to restart my blog. It's been quite a year really and somewhere along the lines I stopped showing and sharing my work. I've still be working on photoshoots, but there was a blip in my confidence with what I was creating so I stopped showing it. Austin Kleon would not be impressed with me, rule number one: always show your work, through all the difficulties and struggles. So I'm back and ready to share my Fashion Photography journey, because I've missed it too. I've missed sharing stories. I love doing that. So here I am. Back.
The above photograph is of Glyn Fussell. Last night I attended the opening launch of Edinburgh International Fashion Festival which was an exhibition and talk by the wonderful Gianni Scumaci who is an amazing hairstylist. (Side note, hair seems to be a bit of a theme in my work right now - I just did a little shoot for Vidal Sassoon in Glasgow which was fun!). He talked about his work as a hairdresser, along with his work as an editorial hairstylist with photographers such as Tim Walker and David Bailey (who are two of my favourite photographers), and how he really gets to know his clients by experimenting and bringing out their truth. It was really fascinating to hear all his stories. The exhibition - which is currently open at Ocean Terminal, you should go and check it out - is beautiful and is a collaboration between Gianni and Sink the Pink. And if you haven't heard of Sink the Pink check out this video!
I'm really excited that it's Edinburgh International Fashion Festival, it makes my heart feel alive with inspiration and excitement.