I’m a marketer and I love marketing but more often than not it’s not marketing per se that inspires and stirs creativity in me, it’s those things outside my industry. One of those being art, in all its guises and another – friendship.
I’d never thought to put the two together before, until I begun thinking about a friend of mine who also happens to be a brilliant designer and entrant in the recent ‘Women in Making 2014’ competition. So I of course popped over to vote for her and begun to think about her work, in doing so it occurred to me that her work is in many ways a metaphor for our friendship.There are character traits that she has that shine through in both her work and friendship.
But before I go any further – in the name of honesty I think it’s best to declare that my number one goal for this post is that by the time you reach the end of it, you know who Simone Brewster is. You might even see fit to pop over to Facebook and like her page or perhaps frequent her website :) . But I didn’t just want to tell you about her work, I wanted to convey something about the artist she is, and I realised I could do that by telling you about the friend she is:
I recently read an article ‘The 8 types of girlfriends that every women needs’ and Simone Brewster is most definitely the honest friend. As the article states:
This is the friend that will tell you like it is, even when you don’t want to hear the truth. But she’ll tell you in a loving, sisterly kinda way (and sometimes, she’ll just give it to you raw ’cause the situation called for it). This is the one that when everyone else is telling you, your new haircut looks amazing on you (not to hurt your feelings), your girlfriend will take you to her stylist to get it hooked up the right way. – Simone Brewster is that friend, and boy do we all need a friend like this!
Her work has the same honesty, whether you feel ready to hear it or not it has something to say and it’s said simply and clearly so there’s absolutely no confusion.
She has the type of confidence that will either intimidate you or rub off on you. I’ve known Simone Brewster for 20 years and she’s always known and been crystal clear about who she is and what she represents. Her work has this same quality; it’s BOLD and STRONG and has undeniable presence. You can’t walk into a room and fail to notice Simone Brewster is there, she has presence even when silent. Her work is the same.
One definition of integrity is ‘the state of being whole and undivided’. Simone Brewster does not do mixed messages, neither does she waiver or stray from her convictions. She is one of the most consistent individuals I know and once she sets a path she sticks to it. Her work has this same integrity. There is no compromising and her collections exhibit continuity; each one telling a story that has a clear thread running all the way through it.
In the wise words of Samual Johnson;
There can be no friendship without confidence, and no confidence without integrity”.
So today I want to leave you with three key takeaways:
1. Honour friendship :
Proverbs 27:5-6 states; Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.
2. Seek inspiration outside your industry:
This will spur creativity and creativity has value in any field
3. Go visit www.SimoneBrewster.co.uk
Here’s to art and friendship, have a blessed week,