Here I sit on the porch of my mid-century modern home on five acres of land with trees and yard and a creek and a pond and a garden… but this post is about BlckBts.
So my husband, our cat, & BlckBts have moved: energetically, actually, & spiritually. I picked myself up right out of the middle of Philadelphia and moved to the woods of Upstate Nowhere, NY (no really, our town doesn’t even show up on Google Maps). It was a change that came out of the blue, but had sort of been in the works for years. We found a place and then we accidentally/on purpose found a home. We looked at one house and threw our cards up in the air and said, if these cards all land right it looks like we’re going to leave the city. It happened. It’s one of those things that when it’s right, it’s just right.
Here I sit on the porch of my mid century modern home on five acres of land with trees and yard and a creek and a pond and a garden…but this post is about BlckBts.
What does it mean to take a thriving fashion line out of a heavily populated area with a plethora of opportunities and throw it (almost literally) to the wolves? The first thing a majority of my friends asked when we told them of the move was “But what about your business?”. Well its been 6 months since we left and I can finally sit down and give a definitive answer:
I am an artist and designer and BlckBts exists because of the inspiration and energy that I put into it. BlckBts is driven by my creativity, which is driven by inspiration and whatever other magical powers you may believe in. What I believe is that I took myself out of a place where energy was constantly in my face and readily available. The city is busy and full of life and any other thing a creative person looks to for inspiration and that spark which drives them to focus their efforts to create. I moved in an effort to control that chaotic energy.
My explanation is informed from years of teaching and identifying energy and inspiration. Elementary kids are full of energy and need their teacher to sort of gather it all together for them to focus it. Highschool kids have already absorbed that young energy and they need their teacher to wake it up or inspire it to learn and make connections. As adults, we work in similar ways but the way in which we gather inspiration for creativity involves the way we react to our environments.
Some may need constant information flying all around us (aka living in the city) while some may need to engage in the act of selectively seeking out information. After 15 years in Philadelphia, it was time for me to leave the chaos of information that is city living and return to mother nature where I can focus my own energies & an adventure to seek out inspiration for my collections. In the words of Elizabeth Gilbert, “I can follow my curiosities.”
I have a big project in the works, which draws from my growing abilities, organic influences, and new community! The sky is the limit when you are on the top of the mountain.
Have any of you experienced a big change in environments for artistic growth? How has it effected you? What was your adjustment time like?