A friend suggested I get involved in the March Meet the Maker challenge. Well, it’s not a challenge. It’s more about telling the world a broader, more full and filled out story of how you work and who you are as a maker. It was started by Joanne Hawker, maker of super cute pins and other delightful colourful things.
Last year I noticed the hashtags rolling across my Instagram account and started to root around and find out more about the people that tagged themselves into the thread. This year I’m dipping my toe in and who knows, I might jump in all the way and last the entire month.
Today’s prompt, Full-time/Part-time, required one to spill the beans. Hey guys, is this a side hustle or a proper job/career/thing that pays your rent/mortgage/bills? Maybe I read in to the ask, but anyway, the answers were interesting. I found I connected more than I thought I would with the other makers. I found myself nodding an understanding ‘Yes, that’s my story, too’ with those that declared their work had to fit around children. I tell you one thing, before the school run cane into our lives, I had never been so productive between 8:55 and 3:10. And after 8pm, for that matter. I found that most had other work adding to their creative endeavours.
I teach art and I think that fits in perfectly with the work I make. Two days a week I get to tell primary school children about art, show them how to make cool stuff and also have the fun of watching them create. Children’s art is magic. I’ve seen some children who struggle with the school experience absolutely flourish when given time and space to become absorbed in the creative process. It can be someone’s safe place.
So. Full-time or part-time? I think Most of the Time is most accurate for me.