Close those windows

Having a tiny computer within reach all day long isn’t something the human brain was designed to keep up with. In a typical day, we encounter volumes of information that far exceeds what we can process. I know some days it feels like I’m drowning in ideas, and the...

Goal!

The idea of ‘goals’ is central to the coaching process. But what does it mean when a coach asks their client what their goal is, or what they want to ‘achieve’? This is language that we tend to associate with external ‘success’ criteria and hitting targets. That’s not...

Balancing Creativity

I’ve been thinking about different stages that exist in an artist or maker’s practice and how the state of mind that takes a deep dive into a new idea or material is very different to the one that makes project plans or writes an application, or sets up an...

Should I choose coaching or mentoring?

People have been asking me about the difference between coaching and mentoring. The definitions I use are: a COACH works with their clients by helping them identify and achieve their own goals (internal answers) a MENTOR shares their own experience so the other person...

Why Herding Fish?

In this week’s blog post, I’m talking about how I came to be offering coaching to artists and makers and what I love about seeing people fully occupy the core of their making practice. The name happened in 2011 shortly after I’d finished art school in...

Coaching and Mentoring in a Craft Context

This week Melody Vaughan has been busy on Instagram posting a host of information about Coaching and Mentoring in a Craft Context, and today she’s shared some info about the work that Ruth Singer and myself are doing in this area. I worked with Melody in 2019 on...