How to Overcome a Total Creative Void

Written by Amy Fontes

In my dreams, I am a designer with never-ending creativity and one who has the artistic chops to whip out amazing designs one after another. In reality, I am a mom to two active elementary-age kids, a wife to a busy surgeon who works long hours and weekends, and a daughter to a terminally ill mother.

And while I mark down “graphic designer” as my occupation, in any given day I could be handling the management of my husband’s practice, running soccer practice for my son, discussing medical options with my mom, or just plain doing the things to keep our lives going. Nothing that is really unique or different from others, but things that have me wearing many hats with limited time for design.

So as much as I love design, truth be told, the creative process is often a struggle, and inspiration doesn’t always come easily for me. Sure, ideas would pop into my head here and there and was enough to keep me designing, but for all of 2015, I found myself in a complete and total creative void. The stress of life became so great that, in short, all creativity and inspiration just stopped.

While I was happy to focus on my helping my family, I was quietly growing more and more frustrated during this creative void because, in a way, design had been my therapy. This was the one thing that was mine and mine alone. I needed it. It was my place where I could escape for a while, forget about everything, and hopefully create something that brought me (and others) happiness. It was my balance. But the more I forced creativity, the larger the void seemed. I had to figure this out.

How To Move Forward

The first thing I did was walk away from design. It might seem counterintuitive, but I was putting so much pressure on myself to “be creative and produce” that it only made things worse. I turned off my computer, stopped participating in challenges, tucked away my pens and sketch pads. I stopped “pinning,” swiping, scrolling, and following blogs and just left design behind. I needed to wipe my mind clean from what I thought I should be designing or what I thought would be the next big design trend.

Above the Las Vegas desert on one of my hikes


New York Minted Artists Meet at Hit Factory Penthouse

Written by Laura Ricciardi

On September 13, New York area Minted Artists met at an exclusive NYC penthouse for an evening of bubbly cocktails, lively conversation, and a twinkling view. Eunice Kindred, who organized the meetup, invited Minted Artists to redesign the labels of their BYOB wine bottles. Stephanie Goos Johnson created a soothing landscape to complement the bottle of rosé she brought. Jackie Sherman of JaxRobyn designed a playful pink pineapple with hearts. Katalin Klecz illustrated a geometric, dream-like garden of flowers on a Pinot Grigio background. Belia Simm covered an entire bottle of champagne in a gorgeous cobalt and white brushstroke swirl — it was too beautiful to open!

Top row from left: Lauren Packard, Eunice Kindred, Petra Santaharju, and Laura Ricciardi.
Bottom row from left: Meggy Masters, Belia Simm, Jackie Sherman, Katalin Klecz, Stephanie Goos Johnson, and Dawn Jasper.

The conversation moved from art to travel to career choices to parenting to the quintessential NYC question of how to live in tiny spaces. Perhaps that last topic was sparked by the venue: a gorgeous two-story penthouse that The Prince Team of Town Residential generously provided. We spent most of the night milling around the apartment, but at one point, we realized that we had been so caught up talking that we hadn’t even gone out on the terrace. The sun was going down as the city lights were going up, and it was so beautiful.

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