Comparison between makers; it happens. I would love to sit here and tell you I have never compared myself to other makers or felt bad about the level of my craft, but I can’t because that wouldn’t be the truth. Comparison happens but the lessons we learn and the frequency of the comparison is what we can work on.
Knowing your own comparison triggers is huge! For myself I find limiting my consumption of Social Media really helps my "comparison bug”, especially when I’m in a vulnerable state already. Now I’m not saying social media is bad, on the contrary, I believe it is imperative to business in a social age. However it does not get to control my emotions and flow of my day. Just as in our thoughts, the more we compare the deeper the Grand Canyon becomes which causes us to more easily compare the next time. So here are a few ways we could reframe comparison.
Recognize that we are all a part of a bigger goal! I am a Western maker carrying on traditions with my style and guess what, so is the one you’re comparing yourself to! Without a large group of unique makers carrying on the western traditions, we would have no one to aspire to or draw inspiration from. Try saying out loud to yourself when you are feeling jealousy rise up, "I appreciate the work they are doing and how they incorporate their unique style into tradition". The truest you can be to your own creativity is simply making things you are passionate about.Create not based on trends but what you feel will showcase your style in the best way!
I challenge you to ask yourself when you feel comparison what it is about the piece you wish to emulate? Then try it! Inspiration is fantastic then go put your own spin on it!
Here are a few artists/makers that I so look up to!!
In the following few weeks Ill be talking more about comparison and also highlighting artists that inspire me and I love their creations!