Chapter 4 Settling in

Joya Air Art Residency, 04.16.2023

Old Habits die hard

In November 2022, I stayed at the art residency Can Serrat in the mountains near Barcelona.
I was curious to find out what would happen if I dedicated an entire month to writing.
But I learnt an unexpected lesson I hadn't counted on.

Living with people who have made art the norm was an unexpected joy to discover.

In a society where making money is the most important goal (look where that has taken us), I was thrilled to be able to take myself serious as an artist and pull my writing out of the 'hobby' realm. It is also what I try to teach my students; play is not just important; it is vital. I am happy to see big companies such as NASA researching creativity and the importance of innovation through shifting perspectives. And who better to shift our views than artists?
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Arriving at Joya Air, I am curious to see how this household flows and if me and my pen will land smoothly.
Will I continue to write? And what will I learn this time?

After meeting the seven warm characters working in disciplines such as pottery, fabric design, sculpture and photography, Simon introduced me to my gorgeous studio. After a lazy, lingering day exploring the vast land around the Cortijo, setting up my 'office' and talking to my new co-residents, I sat at my desk the next day. And I wrote.

'Old habits die hard', they say.
I love my writing habit unapologetically and hope it never dies.

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