Herding Fish

coaching for artists and makers

Certainty and Risks in Making

Certainty and Risks in Making

Social media places the world in our pocket, bombards us with endless possibilities, and sneaks in those marketing and productivity systems that promise ‘success’. But most of them take no account of the risks in making your own product, with your own hands, in...

Good Enough

Good Enough

The expectation that an artist’s work keeps improving can leave us feeling ours isn’t good enough, and envious of other people’s success. Multiple projects Spinning all the art practice plates is pretty exhausting. Most of us have multiple projects running at any one...

Procrastination and Perfectionism

Procrastination and Perfectionism

I sometimes think my top skill might be procrastination. I certainly have considerable experience with many of its various forms and with its favourite partner in crime - perfectionism. And once those two take up residence in your head, there’s all kinds of trouble...

The meaning behind your work

The meaning behind your work

My coaching work often explores the meaning behind clients’ work and how to articulate those underlying themes to their audience. As artists we communicate our ideas visually, but the words we use also form part of the viewer’s response. For example in our chosen...

Creativity and Rest

Creativity and Rest

Recently I posted an Instagram story about how as artists we need to be our own curator, PR and marketing team, admin, technician, studio manager, art handler, social media manager, web designer, application writer, archivist and photographer (Source | Twitter)....

Write a new artist statement

Write a new artist statement

In the bewilderment that is 2022, some of what we thought we knew about ourselves and our work no longer holds. It just doesn’t fit us anymore. The lines and clusters of words you’ve used since you started are worn out. Artists who clearly articulate what they do and...

Integrate Group Coaching Programme

Integrate Group Coaching Programme

Over the past 2 years, I think I’ve attended more talks and training than the previous 10 years put together. Lots of great teachers sharing insights about marketing manoeuvres that could change my craft business; leverage the algorithm. But does it really matter how...

Half Empty or Half Full?

Half Empty or Half Full?

Thursday was Time to Talk Day 2022, which reminded me of a recent (random) tweet merrily declaring that ‘when your glass is half empty, you should get a friend to help you fill it up’. Sounds like a good enough plan, right? Sharing worries with friends and family is a...

Close those windows

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...

Goals are central to Coaching

Goals are central to Coaching

'Goals’ are central to coaching, 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 the world we operate...