I’m going through a bit of a back-to-square-one-moment. Slowing down, taking a step back, and looking at the big picture – a huge cliché, but you see, there are times in life that you simply can’t escape them.
So as well as getting my shit together around here, one of the things I’m doing is listing the people that inspire me, one way or another. At some point in my life I’ve wanted to be them or have what they have – but now I’m a bit older and, uhm, a bit wiser, it’s not about doing what they do or go to where they are anymore: it’s just the plain admiration that’s important now.
One that I’ve just come across is the stylist, or she used to call herself, “sourceress” Zoe Bedeaux. She belongs to that group of 90s London stylists that used to create shoots for the Face and i-D on a shoe-string budget, without all the bollocks of having to please advertisers like today. It was all about discovering gems in flea-markets and creating one-of-a-kind pieces to get great images. I’ve just found an interview with her for Apartamento magazine (a mag I’m buying for the first time, in fact, and very inspiring: a sort of The Selby on paper), in which she shows her massive and enviable collection of treasures found all over the world. There were quite a few things she said that I think about myself as well quite a lot. One of them:
“When I create I do it for the sake of creating, not because it will lead to something. So often today this kind of attitude has been lost. People seem to create because it will lead to something or somewhere. The creation or work itself becomes almost a byproduct. When people ask me what I do I reply, “I do what I like, and I like what I do.” I refuse to be pigeon-holed or reliant on the validation of others. In the creative realms I strongly feel that we have to be the arbiters of what we do otherwise true success will never be had.”
So, there. I’d like to say the same from now on.