i spent the entire weekend with my heart racing, on the cusp of having a heart attack, firstly from the nerves of meeting new people, doing new things, and potentially fucking up these new things in front of these new people. and once that silliness had passed, the rest of the course was just a complete thrill. when you're getting it right, and you're whipping out these prints so quick, it is so rewarding, genuinely exciting..
it's not just a creative process either, it's as much about problem solving as it is about creativity; which is perfect for me because i am renowned amongst my pals for being organised (they all say i have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; i don't at all, i'm just fairly organised).
i do think this would make a perfect hobby for someone with OCD as you work in a sort of pattern, and every element must be perfectly orchestrated in order for the process to be successful..
i would definitely urge everyone to do a course at INK SPOT, it's given me a new lease of life and i plan on going back.. if i could live there i would. they do many different courses, not just screen-printing, and the environment is as fun as it is informative.
last weekend i went to a 2 day course at INK SPOT PRESS in Brighton.
i've done screen-printing here and there in the past, and really loved it, so i thought i'd enrol simply as a refresher for my dusty brain. i figured if i could pick up a new technique, new skills, it might just give me that boast in life (my professional life) that i've been desperate for for a very long time, and it completely did.
working all week for a job i'm not passionate about, and struggling to find the time or the energy to do what i love, and progress in that field, is a constant struggle. somedays getting out of bed is a hard enough task. everyone who may suffer from depression deals with it in different ways, and spend years and years finding a way to "fix" themselves.
one day you think you've got a lid on it, the next you want to wave the white flag, admit defeat and go back to the doctors, get back on anti-depressants, go back to therapy; and these choices are all perfectly fine if they help, but it's a lot more reassuring if you're able to take control on your own.