I met Marla my first week of working at Tether, nearly two years ago. Her obsession with lettering was one of the first things that struck me; she wrote beautifully and on everything (I mean EV-ERY-THING) -her mug, her notebook, she scrawled all over the insides of magazines, her fiancé even made her a lap-sized chalkboard so that she could practice on a larger surface area. The best thing about her obsession with lettering is that it started as an interest, a skill she wanted to acquire and hone, and she's successfully been able to incorporate into her work as a designer. It's that drive that led me to ask her to participate in The Creative Unconscious.
The Creative Unconscious: What's your name, age, and professional title? Where are you currently employed?
Marla Moore: Marla Moore, 26, Visual Designer at Amazon Web Services
TCU: What hobbies do you have outside of your professional field that keep you inspired and motivated to generate personal work? How do they inspire you?
MM: I letter constantly, and lettering has absolutely nothing to do with my day-to-day work at Amazon. My love of lettering is constantly fueling me to undertake personal projects, whether they're for myself or for family/friends.
TCU: Do you have a hard time balancing being a creative professional and generating personal work that you're proud of?
MM: It can be difficult to balance my professional job with producing personal work I'm proud of, simply because my daily job does require so much time and effort (the struggle all creatives are all too familiar with). But l living within the constraints of a corporate brand limits creativity at work, so I view my personal projects as my outlet to really let loose. When I look at it that way, putting in the extra hours and effort working toward my personal work is more of a joy than a burden.
TCU: What time of day do you feel the most creative? What about the most productive?
MM: Late. As in, I-really-should-be-going-to-bed-now late, which can be a struggle, considering I require sleep to function properly.
TCU: What are your creative goals for the future?
MM: Letter more. A lot more.
TCU: Are you working on any personal projects right now? If so, can you share a little bit about your inspiration and your creative process?
MM: I actually just wrapped up a couple different personal projects, including some hand-painted stuff, as well as a revamp of my creative site. That's a huge deal to have that off my plate, so who knows what I'll take on next! Although my upcoming wedding should probably be pretty high on my list...
TCU: Anything else you want to add?
MM: As James Victore told me, "Work doesn't love you back." So even if you want to burn the midnight oil on personal projects, don't forget to put the pen down and take time to be human, with other humans. That's what's really important.
If you want to see more of Marla's personal work and check out her awesome re-vamped website, visit www.marlamakesstuff.com