HAPPINESS, INSPIRATION | 11 May 2016

S01E05 | Incubation time & why we need it

Can there be something as too much input? These last few weeks I’ve spend most of my time outdoors and somehow that went along with less time for social media (hoping to show you guys the outdoor renovation soon but things are progressing sloooooowly…). But something I didn’t expect to happen happened: I felt more inspired after the social media sabbatical. And dare I say… happier.

I think I’m just like everyone else: I use social media as my main source of information and inspiration. But there’s so much to see, click and discover. Sometimes it feels hopeless to even want to keep up to date. And without the time to process all the things you’re seeing and reading, there’s really no point is there? The whole idea about searching inspiration is that sooner or later you’re able to do something with it, make it your own. Create something that you want to create and that you feel proud of. But in order to do that we need time to digest.

There’s an extensive interview with Raf Simons in System magazine about his last six months designing for Dior (System is highly recommended by the way, the interviews are truly inspiring – sorry for even more input ;). And in this interview by Cathy Horyn he talks about the pressure of finding his way in the large Dior fashion house. Cathy concludes at the end of the article that Raf excelled and ‘mastered a complex system’. The news of him leaving was just as big a surprise to her as everyone else. Although there were some hints throughout the interview.

“When you do six shows a year, there’s not enough time for the whole process. Technically, yes, – the people who make the samples, do the stitching, they can do it. But you have no incubation time for ideas, and incubation time is very important.”

I can not even begin to imagine what his agenda must have looked like (madhouse!!), but even I feel there’s less and less incubation time. Making up my own mind, letting ideas ripe and enjoying the process from idea to execution. Should I just block ‘incubation time’ in my agenda? Could I? It sounds important enough.

No scrap that: it IS important enough.

I’m wearing:
H&M Conscious bow slippers (fan!)
Levi’s vintage jeans | Monki dress