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The Inspiration and Joy of Creative Friendships

8th April 2016

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Throughout my life, I’ve been drawn to people with similar interests and passions and the internet has provided a great opportunity to meet like-minded folk. I think we all enjoy spending time with those who ‘get us’ and it’s fun to share the things you love with others.

Although I came across the term creative friendships recently, I realise I have lots of these relationships in my life. From collaborating with Jeska of Lobster and Swan to attending Instagram and Flickr meets, I’ve always found value in making these connections. So today I’m sharing a few of the benefits of creative friendships especially if you’re a freelancer or running your own business.


Meeting fellow creatives is uplifting particularly when tea and cake are involved! And if you’re running a creative business, offering support, advice, inspiration and being a cheerleader generates a little extra joy and job satisfaction. Working alone can feel isolating so forming relationships with fellow freelancers is a great way to stay motivated and in touch. It also gives you a well-earned break from the daily grind. 


It’s useful to air ideas and sharing thoughts can sometimes help you reach a conclusion quicker than thinking it over alone. A friend will tell you what your partner or family are sometimes unable to, and looking at the creative process of others is a great way to view what you do from a different perspective. Sometimes all it takes is a sidestep to see everything more clearly.


Being accountable to someone is of enormous value because it helps you to get stuff done. And on the flip side, a friend will tell you if you’re working too hard and should take some time off. Since working freelance, the advice I’ve received from others has helped me to build a healthy structure and routine around my work.


The best thing about creative friendships is unlike attending a course or conference they’re free! You can also make use of each other’s houses giving you more privacy than meeting in a cafe, not to mention an unlimited supply of tea! We all have different skills and experiences and sharing these with others can enrich our lives.


The photographs below were taken when I spent a delightful day with Cristina, a still life stylist and photographer, and Rosie of the online shop Kinship of Oxford.

We each brought along a selection of props and took it in turns to style a flat lay photograph. It was interesting to see their working processes and how they approach styling and photography. We also spent much of the day discussing the highs and lows of running a creative business and offering support and advice. It was of real value to me and we’ve decided to make it a regular feature in our working calendars.

The Inspiration and Joy of Creative Friendships |

~ Cristina ~

The Inspiration and Joy of Creative Friendships |

~ Rosie ~

The Inspiration and Joy of Creative Friendships |

~ Natasha ~

If you’re looking to build a network in your area, I’d recommend looking for events in your field. You could also follow hashtags on Twitter and Instagram and search for Facebook groups to find your peeps. Rosie part-runs Independent Oxford who hold events for indie businesses and freelancers in the city. They’re a great way to connect, support and be inspired.

To read a little more do pop over to Creative Community on Rosie’s blog and a Day of Creative Connection on Cristina’s.

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  • Reply Cristina 8th April 2016 at 8:50 am

    I agree 100% with all your points, creative friendships are so important! Look forward to our next day of fun 🙂 xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 8th April 2016 at 12:27 pm

      Thank you for a lovely day and see you soon. x

  • Reply Eva 8th April 2016 at 10:24 am

    I’m agree with all your points, speciall whend you said that “others enriches our lives”, so true ! It’s funny, I bought the other day the same paper plates and napkins from Liberty ! You will see in my blog once probably 😉
    Have a nice weekend Natasha ! xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 8th April 2016 at 12:28 pm

      Thanks Eva, I’m pleased you liked the post. Those Liberty goodies are gorgeous! x

  • Reply Adele 8th April 2016 at 11:24 am

    It’s such a good idea to schedule in time with creative friends like this. I’ve had a few conversations with creative mum friends recently who are interested in networking with other parents in an environment where our kids can also be around. Will be a tricky one to pull off but interesting if we do!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 8th April 2016 at 12:29 pm

      Thanks Adele. That sounds like a great idea and I’m sure it will be fun to gather everyone together. Good luck. x

  • Reply Knowing the Light 8th April 2016 at 12:02 pm

    I made it here from Christina and I love your take on the day! I would love to have a gathering of creative souls.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 8th April 2016 at 12:31 pm

      Thanks so much for popping over, Cristina is such an inspiration and it was an honour to spend a creative day with her and Rosie. I hope you find some creative souls near you. x

  • Reply Alison 8th April 2016 at 4:06 pm

    I couldn’t agree more. I love it when I get together with creative people – I come away feeling inspired and motivated. LOVE the images you all created here!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 9th April 2016 at 9:26 am

      Thanks so much Alison. Have a great day! x

  • Reply susieherself 11th April 2016 at 1:06 pm

    I love this, so true as always lovely. I’ve found over the years that I feel more of a kinship with particular folk online more than some of my In Real Life chums. The IRL meet ups are brilliant though, if geography allows. Its really important to feed you soul with the right kind of people xxx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 12th April 2016 at 3:46 pm

      Thanks Susie and I couldn’t agree more! x

  • Reply melwiggins 12th April 2016 at 10:20 am

    This is really inspiring and I am totally the same in that those creative relationships are really life-giving to me. I need to prioritise them more – off to send some emails to get things going! x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 12th April 2016 at 3:47 pm

      Thanks Mel. I hope you get things going! x

  • Reply Jo 13th April 2016 at 2:03 pm

    I agree with all of your points! Love this post and the photos are beautiful.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 13th April 2016 at 2:04 pm

      Thanks so much Jo. Have a great day! x

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