“Make your surroundings a metaphor for who you are.”Damn Good Advice by George Lois.
I didn’t think that working from the kitchen table at home, during lockdown, would be a fertile environment for creativity. It’s not particularly spacious and the washing up (and the fridge) stares me in the face. But I guess we humans are adaptable and resilient, and on the grand scheme of things at the moment, I can’t complain.
It’s been business as usual at Moonloft Home Quarters, if at a slightly more relaxed pace – which is a positive thing for creativity it seems. I have enjoyed the opportunity to explore, to observe and to play, and for this I am very grateful.
For those of you who haven’t been watching Grayson’s Art Club (Channel 4), I urge you to. The show is presented by artist Grayson Perry and his wife, Philippa, from their home*, who gently encourage you to just have a go at creating some art – with whatever you have to hand. They are positive, funny, and generous and I just love them for this. Each week there’s a new theme and ‘View from my window’ seemed like a good challenge: A view from my temporary office window. I didn’t spend long on it, there are plenty of mistakes, but it’s honest and it was fun to do. The journey not the destination, and all that.
And outside this window is a very small yarden, but one which is capable of growing a few herbs, lettuce and tomatoes in pots. (I’m primarily interested in growing things I can eat. So are the snails). It makes me happy to be able to take a laptop outside, whilst the sun is shining, and work here.
Other people’s different workplaces have been a bit of a theme for some of our designs lately. For example, this logo for a new Lancaster based fundraising scheme, Food Friends. The scheme supports local food projects (I imagine this may not include my home attempts!) whilst helping to train new small-scale farmers.
And then on the other side of this spectrum is the signage artwork needed to clearly communicate the important Health & Safety measures necessary for a safe working environment whilst the Covid-19 virus is still prevalant.
In short, whatever your new working environment, no matter how it may have changed, we’re still here if you need us.
* I keep thinking how funny it is that we have been invited into so many famous people’s houses during lockdown.