Niamh, 8:40 PM
I guess for me there is another element to collaboration which feeds into the fear and vulnerability and that is a sort of power dynamic, you often are collaborating with people you may not know that well, or at least that well in a work way, so i find the scary thing is like letting everyone's voice come through but also not letting yourself be shut out? If that makes sense? You have to be constantly tuning the balance of ideas/ input & voices
Verity, 8:41 PM
Yes I agree N! It's that balance, Niamh- when you see people photographing and styling your work do you feel that that’s a collab with you?
Niamh, 8:42 PM The "photoshoot" is a super super rewarding collaboration for me if a stylist is involved, because I feel like "my work here is done" I literally hand the things over and trust they will be reinterpreted by the photog/ model/ stylist in a new and exciting way. However if its my shoot i find that really really really hard because I have such a specific vision in mind and I'm like, I'm paying so even though I do want the photographer and models input, I can be more precious and annoying about it. Also sometimes you see your work taken into a context/ worn in a way that you HATE and it can be hard to let go!!
Michaela, 8:44 PM it's definitely a vulnerable space to be in.. to be raw and open with other artists/creators while also being sensitive to their identities. Definitely flexibility and a willingness to dance together and finding a collective rhyme, our collective beat to create to. I think that's where the magic happens. When all those energies merge and we become one beast.
Niamh, 8:44 PM totally
Verity, 8:45 PM I imagine that to be really hard Niamh... seeing your baby through someone else's eyes
Michaela, 8:45 PM Yeah totally.. if the visions don't gel at least
Verity 8:46 PM I think there's so much magic in a good collaboration. Even a bad one sometimes! I come from a film/tv background where people are very department based. You learn to be VERY hands off of other people’s roles, and really focus on your job. I actually love this division personally and that’s why I think it's important to collaboration with people I trust. So i can go- hands off- they got this.