The First Year of TLA

The Life Aesthetic was born out of a collection of thoughts I was having about my freelance existence. It had been over a year since I had closed down my design company (Polychrome) and I was settling in to my new found freedom. Most things were positive; I had more time, I could pick and choose my projects, I didn’t have to manage employees or maintain an office… but the thing I missed was the connection and collaboration with other people. 

As a creative person, one of my favorite things is approaching a problem with other smart creatives and seeing what solutions we can come up with together. Seeing how people bring their own experiences and skills to bear on a problem in a way that I would not have imagined. That to me is exciting and helps me grow as a person and as an artist. It was my favorite part of studio life and it was now missing from my life. It made me think that it was maybe missing from other people’s lives as well. After all a lot of us are either freelance or work in small companies. Exposure to a wide variety of new creative people isn’t necessarily built into our daily experience. 

So I thought of bringing a few people together to share my thinking and see what we could come up with together. That was 11 months ago. 

Since then we’ve come together six times for various reasons – ranging from mini-retreats to salons to workshops. Each one a creative experiment to see how we work and play together.

Its now been almost a year and a lot of ideas and plans for the future have been brought up. Most (if not all) of that was probably pre-mature. Talks of membership fees and organizational structures instead of focusing on the real value of The Life Aesthetic - creative people coming together. 

So with re-newed focus on what works, and what is important, The Life Aesthetic will enter its second year of existence. Over time we will see what naturally emerges through this experiment, and when we run into issues we will collectively invent structures to tackle them. We'll learn as we go, and adjust along the way. 

Thanks for going on this journey with me.