Interview with Harmony Sage Lawrence, Part 2

This is the second of a three-part feature on Harmony Sage Lawrence. The interview in its entirety can be found throughout the month of January in the Featured Artist link to the right.

 

Fairy Ball Gown © Harmony Sage Lawrence

Fairy Ball Gown © Harmony Sage Lawrence

 

Please tell us a bit about your general day to day work process.

I work full time as an artist and media contract worker alongside Sean Parker who also has part time contractual work.  We are usually awake for 15-16 hours a day and spend most of the day working.  This is a basic breakdown of our day:

– 8-9am: Wake up, shower, eat breakfast, take walk

– work

– lunch

– work

– dinner

– work

-10-11pm: stop for the day and relax

-12-1am: go to sleep

We used to work in the room that we slept in, but after a while this became a bad habit because we would find it hard to quit at night.  Now we work in another room in our house that holds my sewing studio, Sean’s desk, and my desk.  This allows us to sleep in peace without thinking about work.

Since a lot of the projects we do are one time deals our goals and production details change frequently.  Many come on at a moment’s notice as well.  I may need to create a dress in 3 days, or I may have a whole month to work on it, it totally depends on circumstance.  As I type this I am preparing the details in my mind to create a dress in the next two weeks before I collaborate with a photographer friend during a road trip.  It’s good to be ready and flexible in the art world! ;)

Another issue I face is working long hours.  This issue can be very double edged, because on one hand I have deadlines to meet and projects to finish at a reasonable rate.  On the other, it can be very wearing to work all day and never play.  Luckily, I like what I do for a living and get plenty of enjoyment out of it.  When you start an art business from the ground up it can take a lot of long hour days to start stabilizing it.

Dawn or Dusk © Harmony Sage Lawrence

Dawn or Dusk © Harmony Sage Lawrence

 

What about your work do you enjoy most? Dislike most?

I love getting to create all the time and help educate others on how to better create their visions.  One of the biggest issues I have been dealing with is monotony, especially with sewing.  I can spend an entire day in front of a sewing machine or dress and that can be mentally stagnating. I love creating dresses, but the sewing that it takes to get to the finished product can be mind numbing!  Recently I started listening to documentaries to help make it more bearable.

The Red Witch © Harmony Sage Lawrence

The Red Witch © Harmony Sage Lawrence

 

What advice would you give to other artists or budding artists?

I used to get really discouraged, feel hopeless, and directionless.  It’s hard being an artist.  Starting out is financially hard, emotionally hard, and mentally exhausting.  You’ll get pressure from family and friends who see it as a disaster move.  You’ll even come to doubt yourself at times, but if being an artist/innovator is what you want, don’t give up.  Even if you can only create on weekends.  Even if you have to work at night to do you social networking.  Even if you are the only person rooting for you.  Use every ounce of drive, sadness, and angst you encounter to better yourself and your craft.  And remember, the best support you have is yourself, if you’re feeling down, counteract it by doing something proactive to better your craft or social outreach.

Summer Love © Harmony Sage Lawrence

Summer Love © Harmony Sage Lawrence

 

What do you know now that you wish you’d known when you started?

I wish I knew how important it is to reach out and contact people, and how important it is to give as much as I take.  Community is your only lifeline as an artist and if you hide away, or play overly selfish with people you can’t succeed.

Where the Sky Burns and the Sea Boils © Harmony Sage Lawrence

Where the Sky Burns and the Sea Boils © Harmony Sage Lawrence

 

Harmony Sage Lawrence’s work can be found on:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Temperate-Sage-Photos-Fashion/250860716074

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/gesasage88

Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/SageOfTheTrades

Deviantart: temperate-sage.deviantart.com/