We've had the pleasure of being able to host some really amazing DELVE Workshops all over NYC recently. A popular topic we cover is writing about your work, since as visual people, it can be a really difficult task. For those of you who dread writing or have trouble getting started, here are three ways to get those words flowing:
1. Lists, lists, lists.
Whether you're writing an artist statement or some product descriptions for your online shop, you don't want to sound generic. Start by making lists that visually describe what you are looking at. Answer the questions: What does my work look like? How do I make my work? What materials do I use? Be specific and bust out that thesaurus.
2. Listening to others.
Some of the most insightful cues about your work can come from friends, clients, strangers and colleagues. If you are showing your work, make sure to take notes (or have someone else do it for you) and write down key words from how people describe what it is you do. This will definitely give you a jumping-off point.
Working on something new? Share images with trusted friends or colleagues and ask them to spend five minutes writing a list for you that describes what they see. You can always return the favor someday!
3. Daily habits.
Writing needs to take place every day in order to make progress. As makers and artists you may not be a writer by trade or necessity, but keeping a daily journal will help you gather and collect the language you need to sit down and write about your work in a clear, engaging and powerful way.
All of these brainstorming ideas can help you identify in writing why your work is unique and how you can stand out from your competitors or others working in your field. Good luck!