“What do you do?” is a difficult question to answer at the best of times, especially if you really want your response to reflect the value you bring, and the impact you have when you apply your talents.
Perhaps artists have it hardest of all, because when it comes to their outputs – their creations – they often don’t know the shape of them until they’re finished. An artist doesn’t know exactly where they’re going until they get there. They work with uncertainty and open possibilities every day. That’s why it is important for artists to understand what drives their work.
Through a deeper understanding of yourself you can create a narrative that reflects why you do what you do, and all your work becomes a visible expression of that intention.
- What ignites the fire in your belly?
- Why do the re-occurring themes in your work re-occur, and reappear in the way they do?
- What to you love?
- What skills and talents are so natural to you, you forget to value them? These are your natural talents.
These are some of the questions I invited the CAS artists to explore when I began my “Who are The CAS Artists?” research project.
Workshop: Find Your Passion and Purpose
Delivered at CAS 17.12.14
This was an opportunity for the artists to tap into Maija’s experience in strategic branding and communications which she normally applies in her role as Designer at Pixink Ltd. During her career Maija has developed a style of questioning and enquiry which she uses to develop an understanding of a persons talents, personality, and goals, allowing for a clarity of intention. The insights generated can then drive the activities of the individual and their designer (or anyone involved in implementing their communication strategy).
This workshop develops clarity that enables artists to begin representing what they do in a memorable and meaningful way. This is achieved through a process of questioning, feeling and reflection.
Participants reflect on and explore their talents, skills, and interests, and are provided with a template worksheet that helps them make connections between their activities and motivations.
The completed worksheet can be used by the artists to draft statements that reflect their value effectively.
“It was very useful to do this in a group like this rather than when we normally do it. Usually we are targeting. We are targeting an interview panel, we are targeting a proposal, we are targeting our website or whatever it is but here there was no agenda, we weren’t trying to please anyone it was trying to be true.” – Laurence
“It also helps you to understand how to tweak your proposals just that little bit more to make sure it is directed toward what you really want to be doing” (not just what you think people want). – Tom
1. Can you think of a moment in your life where you weren’t able to find the words and communicate who you are and what you do? How did it feel? What opportunity did you miss?
2. Think of a moment when you spoke up for yourself and where seen and heard. How did it feel? What happened? How was it different? (We didn’t do step 2 but the comparison can be useful).
3. Complete the template. The template can support your ongoing explorations into how you want to show up in the world through what you say and do. The template used was Maija’s ‘Meaningful Work Matrix‘.
If your art studio is interested in hosting a passion and purpose workshop, please contact maija @ chapelartsstudios.co.uk