Image and positive vibes - Mel Stringer

Image and positive vibes - Mel Stringer



Heya! Hope your Monday is going great guys!

As part of my blog expansion I've decided to bring back the 5 Creatives 5 Days series, because knowledge shared is knowledge gained right, and it's always interesting to hear the opinions of others and chat! 5 Creatives will take place once a month, so give me a shout in the comment section below if there is something you want us to chat about! 

This week I've invited five gals to the panel - Chloe Hill who is a Stylist and Market Editor at Oyster Magazine and one of my favourite colourful dressers at Fashion Week. Josie Steenhart - a talented writer and founder of Undone JournalMel Stringer - who makes the cutest most honest girl drawings ever and perfectly captures what we are all about. Liz Wilson the brains and creative behind NZ fashion brand Eugenie and Eirian Chapman an illustrator with the BEST sense of humour and the quirkiest folio!

Today we are chatting about the dreaded creative block, it hits us all, it sux, so let's chat about how we beat it!


  Image - Eirian Chapman, Tears of a Disappointed Uterus

Image - Eirian Chapman, Tears of a Disappointed Uterus








Your job requires you to be creative very regularly and often on a timeline - not always the best if you're trying to come up with great ideas! If you're sitting there with a huge brain block, completely void of creativity, what do you do to snap yourself out of it?

Chloe Hill - Stylist and Market Editor at Oyster Magazine, - Trawl the internet!  I love looking to other stylists and photographers for inspiration so I set aside time to go through sites like and Pintrest.  It's refreshing to see how other people interpret ideas and trends.  Watching old movies also gets my brain ticking so sometimes downtime in front of the TV can do a whole lot of good!


Josie Steenhart - Freelance writer, editor and stylist @undonejournal - If it’s any kind of writing, I find the best thing to do is to just start! I do usually start at the beginning of a piece, though almost always once it’s all down I’ll go back and rewrite the beginning. When working as an editor I’m pretty much constantly looking for and thinking about ideas and inspiration, from all over the place but often from books, magazines, blogs etc. In my styling work it’s obviously much more visual so I keep folders of images I really like on my laptop and phone, often from instagram or random image searches. Usually a look through these will turn up something inspiring to fit the brand or brief or the aesthetic of the magazine, and I use that as my starting point to build a moodboard and then a storyboard.


Mel Stringer - Illustrator @melstringer - There is no convincing the brain block to go when it appears out of nowhere. I try not to get frustrated with it's arrival, as I feel as though it's a necessary part of the creative process to be blocked some days, creating an opportunity for me to relax and do nothing. A self-recharging safety switch so that I don't burn myself out. I find getting out of the house helps to brush away the fog over my creative reflexes.


Liz Wilson - Fashion Designer Eugenie @eugenie_official - Because I’m in the early stages with Eugénie and I have to wear so many different hats, I suffer more from my creative time being eclipsed than from sitting there pencil in hand with my mind empty. When I do get stumped creatively I have a few tactics. The first comes from Henry Millers 11 commandments of writing, “If you can’t create, work”. If I’m really really stuck creatively that usually means that part of my mind is exhausted, so the best bet is just to get some boring admin done instead, then go and have a rest. Sometimes the inspiration just won't come, rather than getting worked up about it give your creative side a rest while you also get some mundane accounting done. The inspiration will come back and if you have freed yourself up from the web of admin you will be more likely to have the time to get it on paper if you were useful in your uninspired time.

Eirian Chapman - Illustrator @eirianchapman - Some days the creative juices flow better than others, but if I’m struggling I always think about what I love to draw and if I have a couple of days up my sleeve I like to dedicate the first day to thinking. This can include staring into the distance, not moving for a couple of hours, or going for a walk (around the backyard), letting my mind wander. If the timing is tight I’ll move straight onto mind mapping/brainstorming. I’ll write on a large piece of paper, starting with the concept in the middle and from there I let my brain come up with random words to help expand and then narrow the idea before moving onto drawing those ideas as messy thumbnails.



I hope you guys enjoyed reading those thoughts, I'd love to know what you do in moments of creative block, we need all the suggestions we can get so share them in the comment section below. Watch out tomorrow for the second question in this five part post.