The Creative Unconscious: What's your name, age, and professional title? Where are you currently employed?
Melody Hansen: Melody Hansen, 26, Graphic Designer/Illustrator/Musician, me.
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?
MH: Watching shows and movies, hanging out with people, taking photos, going to the museum — wait, are those hobbies? Anything that stimulates my brain, really. Anything that gets me thinking. Sometimes the smallest detail in a tv show will inspire a thought and then a question and then an idea. And it makes living fun, in a way, because you really don’t know what will pop out at you. Oh and writing. Writing is something that I constantly have to do to make sense of what goes on in my head. That’s very important and necessary for me.
TCU: Do you have a hard time balancing being a creative professional and generating personal work that you're proud of?
MH: I feel like I’ve come to a point where the two have merged, and I’m very grateful for that. Clients are seeing my personal work first and want that personal touch to be in whatever they commission me to do. So, lately, I’m creating professional work that I’m proud of - and that looks like me - that also inspires the personal. It’s a nice balance.
TCU: What time of day do you feel the most creative? What about the most productive?
MH: I get ideas in the morning, while getting ready. And at night. I’m definitely most productive at night.
TCU: What are your creative goals for the future?
MH: Right now, the nearest goal is to have a book of illustrations out. I’d also like to collaborate with some of my favorite musical artists - artistically and musically. I think that’d be really fun. Make an album. And create some kind of clothing line. I know, a bit all over the place. But I guess that sums me up!
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?
MH: The biggest one is my book. It’s a collection of illustrations that express feelings we feel every day, with some text. It’s all very personal and inspired by moments I’ve lived through, felt, experienced, or questioned. And I think, looking at it now, it’s a diary of all my conversations with myself and with God in the last 2 years and a half. I wanted to make sure it had some kind of flow, so there’s actually a bit of a timeline to it true to my life. I also wanted it to feel like I was right there with you talking about my feelings, so the white space and blank pages are purposely there to reflect pauses and silence. Anyway, it’s going to be a good book.
TCU: What scares you?
MH: The unknown. Like, the physical unknown. Like, when someone blindfolds you and you don’t know what’s in front of you. I’m much more at ease at the thought of not knowing what comes next in life than being somewhere in the dark. So, maybe I’m just scared of the dark? That, and losing someone I love. The feelings that come with that scare me.
TCU: What does success mean to you?
MH: Being fully alive, and living it that way. With love.
TCU: Anything else you want to add?
MH: Don’t live fully by what you see, the tangible isn’t everything. Push through what you feel limited by. And don’t pay attention to categories and standards.
You can head on over to www.melody-hansen.com to see more of Melody's amazing work and to learn more about her.