Thoughts on Being a Maker

The other day I was asked to fill out a few questions by a very cool company here in Toronto, The Nooks. Not only do they host pop-ups + provide retail space that creatives can rent, they also help makers share their story through their blog - N2N: Canada Blog.

Nooks Studio Toronto

During this process, they asked me a few questions that I found quite thought provoking. These weren’t hard questions, yet they were ones I had never truly thought about, or at least put on paper:

Q: How did you get interested in becoming a maker? What do you love about it?

A: I don’t even remember how I got interested in becoming a maker. I feel as if it is just part of who I am. As far back as I can remember I was always conjuring up some little project. This in part may be due to the fact that I was raised by the most wonderful creative workaholics. My parents own a steel fabrication shop and being surrounded by their mentality and atmosphere made me fall in love with the feeling of creating things and using that side of my brain to challenge myself. What I sometimes love more than the creation of the product, is the creation of connections + bonds along the way with like-minded makers. Obviously I love the process too, but what good would the process or product be if I had no one to share it with?

Q: What stories do you have or struggles have you overcome that will encourage the development and strengthen the identity of the Canadian-crafted industry?

A: Self doubt. Its my biggest struggle as a maker. Then there is also this sort of gap between the vision you have in your head... and what actually comes out in reality. I’m still learning when I need to be patient and trust in the creative process or when to just go for it. Knowing that although it may not be exactly where I want to be, I can only grow by doing the best work I am capable of right now + learning from it. When I look back over this past year, it is a chaotic collage of both my happiest + most cringe-worthy moments - but I know that without going through those experiences I wouldn’t have learned any of the lessons that I have. It’s easy for me to use my inexperience as a procrastination tool, but it's been important for me to learn that sometimes I need to stop overthinking and instead, just do things. I feel that it is important to just keep on creating, even if you don’t know exactly what you are doing - it's the only way to grow and strengthen the Canadian-crafted industry as a whole.

Yes, I rambled on as usual. But these are the raw answers directly from my heart, so I thought I would share them.

Xx, Jo

Brooklyn Affleck