The Oatley Academy offers an effective education in visual storytelling but it’s also a vibrant, active community where artists and storytellers develop deep friendships, form Circles of Trust and find like-minded collaborators.
In this series of Collaboration Stories, we’ll feature three current OA projects, meet the artists involved and learn from their experience.
“I’ll never be good enough.”
We’ve all been there.
Artistic growth is tough.
…and while we might have very different skills to improve and different goals to reach, that doesn’t mean we have to go it alone.
Their collaboration exemplifies how finding the right collaborators will help you thrive in spite of the inevitable creative and emotional struggles of artistic growth…
It takes a great deal of strength to not get defeated every time a painting doesn’t turn out as we had hoped.
Instead of struggling on their own, the team of Boneshaker Press found in each other the support they needed to keep going. They helped each other grow by failing forward together.
“I pushed my work further than ever before. It’s amazing how much more you can achieve when you’re not on your own.
When you work alone and everything falls to you, forward progress can be exhausting and easily burn you out.
Working within the right group, alongside people who care and are passionate about the end product, is a great change of pace. Even more encouraging is knowing that every contribution helps to bring along shared success.”
I Got This:
Their anthology art book Encounters with the Imaginary is a project that would have been impossible to muster alone.
“The creative environment pushed me to work harder and do more than I thought I could, because this wasn’t for me – it was for the team. I wish I could activate this level of hyper-focus when I need to work on my own.”
“So many ideas came up that sounded great but were beyond my own knowledge or skills, and someone would step up and say, ‘I got this!’ and whew, they would do amazing work. Over and over.”
This journey with like-minded artists did away with wanting to quit…
“Life, for me, took some crazy turns these past few months. I felt so overwhelmed that I almost let go of being in the group. But in a way, they wouldn’t let go of me. Their continued hard work was a support for me and helped me trust more fully in the idea of collaboration.”
Shoulder To Shoulder:
Group projects can seem intimidating. Who doesn’t remember groaning when having to push together desks in school?
While it is important to respect the group, it is equally important to hold on to individual values and perspectives.
“Compromise is a lot easier to deal with when there’s a good reason for it.”
“I felt it was important to strike a balance between respecting myself as a creator, good enough to stand shoulder to shoulder with these other incredible creators – but also stepping aside and approaching the project as an opportunity to learn anything my collaborators were willing to teach.”
Need A Hand?
Boneshaker Press created a project none of the individuals could have mustered on their own. At some point all artists need support to push through their artistic struggles.
Can you remember a time when a fellow artist support helped you push through?
Please tell us about it in the comments below!