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11 years lessons blog 3

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This Blog is by Blick founder Christine and is the third in the series of the biggest/most important lessons we have learnt over the last 11 years of being in business since Christine started Blick in 2008.

Know Your Values

One of the things I appreciate most about working for myself is being able to operate on the values that are important to me. Working for myself also means I can (mostly) choose who I want to work with and for and means I can surround myself with others that share many of the same values. Our team at Blick and the many individuals and organisations we collaborate with on projects and events as well as our residents and even those who attend our events.

I studied fashion and textile design and worked briefly as a textile designer for fashion in Italy before returning to Northern Ireland to start my own business. One of the main reasons for me leaving the industry was I wasn’t comfortable with the values of the industry. Fast fashion and consumer culture, obsession over image, diets and status as well as lack of accountability within the industry on social and environmental issues. I also really wanted to work for myself and wanted to spend more time outside and in the countryside and have a more varied, hands on, creative role that didn’t involve living in a big city and sitting behind a computer all day.

When I first returned home to NI I did a Creative Enterprise course with NESTA and Ulster University. It was a full-time course over 2 months and one of it’s main focuses was on understanding and knowing your personal values. Knowing your values helps you define your path in life. They also help you make decisions quickly and simply and allow you to choose the direction of your business/ career/ life. Your values help you to understand who you want to work with/ for, where you want to live, how you want to live, what kind of work you want to do etc. This is helpful both at the start of your business/career journey and also on an ongoing basis throughout your business/ career/ life as things change and develop and its crucial you can make decisions quickly and simply. Knowing your values helps you grow a successful business/ have a successful career and also more importantly create a life that you want.

Most other business courses I have done have been focused on the business, the idea, the USP, target market, business vision and business growth. Few seem to take into consideration your personal values and vision for your life and future as well as the business which I think is just as if not more important for creating a successful business. Over time businesses and business plans will inevitably change due to external conditions and variables often outside of your control, but your core values will often remain the same, or change very gradually over time.

If you are thinking of starting your own business or want to choose a direction for your career/ life if you haven’t already I highly recommend you spend sometime really refining your values to help you make decisions that work for you on an ongoing basis. Sadly I don’t think NESTA runs that course anymore, but here is a link to the NESTA creative enterprise toolkit with a section on defining your values, as well as lots of other useful worksheets for creative entrepreneurs. There is also loads of really useful info on values, what they are and how to define yours on the Mind Tools website

 

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Date : 8th October
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We are excited to introduce our final panellist @niamhxcunn  who is a Belfast based creative.
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Niamh is a Belfast-based Creative who is currently working as a Creative Producer at Mammoth Branding Agency.
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We are excited to introduce our fourth panellist Alice Kearney who is a graphic designer & illustrator based in Belfast.
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"I’m Alice Kearney, a graphic designer and illustrator living in Belfast. My work is usually a good blend of both crafts. After I graduated from Graphic Design & Illustration in 2017 from Ulster University, Belfast I’ve worked full time in design studios and I also freelance on the side.
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Music is a big inspiration for me as a lot of the work I do is for the NI music scene. I work with a lot of emerging musicians and regularly brand Oh Yeah Music Centre events such as the Northern Ireland Music Prize and the Sound of Belfast festival. I wanted to take part in the discussion as graduate life can be a bit tricky and hopefully, I can help out another creative trying to navigate the world post-uni."
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We are excited to introduce our third panellist Mark Fenning who is a Lens based artist and Digital Media Assistant.
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A graduate from the Ulster University, he attained a First-Class Honours degree in Fine Art (2013) and a Master with Commendation in Arts Management from Queen’s University Belfast (2017).
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His art making practice explores photographic printmaking techniques, photography, polaroid and alternative photographic processes.
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His artwork is inspired by representations of masculinity in fashion and film.
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His Masters research examined creative employment pathways and he feels this panel will be a great discussion from different perspectives of the creative industries.
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Instagram post 2141429763846488942_295518986 Join us for our first Share 6 event of 2019 – “POWER” over @belfastdesignwk on the 4th of November from 7:30 - 9PM in our Belfast Design Week Hub.
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We’ll be joined by 6 creative industry speakers who have all stepped outside of the usual patterns in their specialist areas to come up with new and exciting ventures, to think creatively or change paths entirely.
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The theme for this year for @belfastdesignwk is ‘POWER’ and the word has its intricacies have so much sway on our personal and professional lives. Power can be seen as positive or negative.
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Power can be a constant struggle or it can be delicately shared. Power can be a responsibility that some of us wish we had, or a stronghold we wish others didn’t. Its dynamic is an integral part of the design industry today, and it is why we’re excited to be exploring this theme for Belfast Design Week 2019.
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Lucinda Graham / @lucindaggg_
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Liam O’Neill / @liamonetwo
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Hannah Sharp / @hannahlizsharp
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Melanie Wiggins / @melwiggins
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Jamie Baird / @jamiebeardillustration
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Instagram post 2139968897393559087_295518986 @womenfolk.co & Blick Shared Studios & @creatingaspace have teamed up to create a unique interactive event with a panel of female design entrepreneurs based in Belfast talking about their experiences as a female entrepreneur , the journey in the design industry and how they have crafted their business up until this point. The panel will be taking place on the 5th November during @belfastdesignwk
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The phrase ‘The Time is Now’ came from noticing a change within Belfast within the creative scene. We love that there is a rush of women in design that are inspired to pursue their creative dreams. .
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There will be a panel of four female designers from different design disciplines and backgrounds discussing their perspective of achieving success within the design industries. We will be asking the panellists to share their story of how they built their businesses and what the realities they have faced in the midst of creating an entrepreneurial lifestyle.
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Book your space at Blickstudios.org
Instagram post 2139201445055334038_295518986 We are delighted once again to be involved with @belfastdesignwk now in its 5th year. Belfast Design Week is a collaborative festival, last year there were more than 100 individuals, small businesses and organisations involved in over 60 events throughout the week. The festival is a great celebration of Belfast as a creative city. There is currently an open call for people/businesses to get involved with this year's festival, if you have an idea for an event, are interested in volunteering or submitting an article you can get all the info here http://belfastdesignweek.com/
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Instagram post 2135677884973868880_295518986 Lovely peaceful Wednesday here in our Hill Street studio
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Instagram post 2134439374883376928_295518986 -- NEW FREE WORKSHOP-- Pitching with @timtendo. Learn how to communicate your business idea and get people excited about your creative business. Wednesday 23rd October 6.30pm - 8.00pm. Limited places
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Instagram post 2131336993530373739_295518986 Definitely a day for staying put in the studio!
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Instagram post 2130566333094774766_295518986 We recently caught up with Ronan Lunney interviewing him on his time in Blick after being here 5 years!
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He speaks about what he has learnt in business, how the Blick space has been beneficial for his business and top tips for people just starting out! To read the full article visit https://www.blickstudios.org/blog-posts/ronan-lunney-farewell-blog/
-We are also excited that he is facilitating a 4 Week Squarespace course starting tonight! He will be covering the foundation of what you need to create a website on Squarespace! To book your space today, visit https://getinvited.to/blick-shared-studios/blick-academy-squarespace-course/
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Instagram post 2130496273772954643_295518986 When you can create in a beautiful environment, inspiration hits and everything clicks.
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Our Malone Road studios always shines light, even on those hard full days.
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Always find your light! Today is one of those beautiful days!
Instagram post 2129828232236000981_295518986 Lovely day for meetings in the Cathedral Quarter
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