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COLLECTIVE HOPE

Collaboration No. 22

In Conversation With

x Pollyanna Guthrie

Flick Eriksson

January 3, 2021

With rising global COVID-19 cases, more and more of us are finding ourselves back at inside at home. Pollyanna and Flick's submission reminds us that while we may be home alone, we are still connected together. We chat missing our fellow creatives about the unique circumstances of 2020.

© Flick Eriksson
CH

Hi Flick and Pollyanna. Thanks for chatting with us! How are you both?


PG

Hot! But enjoying the sun :)


FE 

Good, yeah I could use some aircon in the home office for sure.


CH

Could you tell us a bit about your creative practice?


PG

My creative work is quite varied with lots of freelance work. Though I focus on branding, I’ve been adding in a little fun with some illustrations too! 

There’s rarely been a lull, but the few quiet times this year have allowed me to brush things that have been on my list for ages! With the bit of extra time, I’ve been able to develop confidence in illustration. 


FE 

I’ve been hooked on branding since my uni days, inspired by Australian creatives such as Chris Doyle, Jason Little, Suzy Tuxen and many others. I love working in a team/studio environment and have spent most of my working life in various agencies in Melbourne and Sydney. Although for the last few years I’ve been freelance to make it possible for me to travel and meet new people. 

Ultimately my goal was to move to New York and I got very close until COVID hit. These days I work from my little home studio in Melbourne as part of the team at XXIX – also peppered across the US + Berlin + London (fully global!). Still remaining optimistic about the potential to relocate in the new year. Who knows!

CH

How has COVID-19, or 2020 in general, impacted your creativity and mental wellbeing? 


PG

While in lockdown this year I’ve been out of the city with my parents. We live three hours west of Melbourne and our nearest neighbour is about five kilometres away. It’s so lovely! You can almost forget the rest of the world exists. 

It does come with a few pitfalls – the internet where I live is terrible, so early on I would do Zoom calls outside on a hill. Everyone enjoyed the bird and sheep sounds in the background though, so that was a plus!

It’s been great for my mental health having space and a slower pace at my family’s farm, but it hasn’t come without its challenges. Creatively, I’ve missed the social nature of designers – I feel so much more motivated around other creative minds. 

FE 

Farm life sounds so delightful, have you seen the website windows of the world? I feel like you’d make a great contribution. It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster. I agree with Pollyanna,  I really miss being around other creatives and also having convos in real-time with my coworkers. I’ve definitely slowed down in general and the really strict lockdown here in Melbourne definitely gave pause to things. 

I have reconsidered a lot of my past habits. But I’ve also had days where I felt really despondent and overwhelmed, not being able to make plans has been a weird one too.

© Pollyanna Guthrie
© Flick Eriksson
© Pollyanna Guthrie
CH

What have you changed in your life lately to make it more enjoyable?


PG

Playing with my dogs every day. Everyday when I say good morning, it’s as if they haven’t seen me for years. They’re so excited to see me. It’s gorgeous!!


FE 

I haven’t changed much recently. But I spend more time with my house plants. I guess it’s just nice to focus on something outside of myself that I can control (somewhat). Perhaps I have gone a bit loopy.

CH

As an industry, how do you think we can better support creatives and their mental health? How do we bring about Collective Hope?


PG

Creating a sense of community. Something like this where designers work together on a project is always good.


FE 

Mmm it’s a good question. I’ve really enjoyed some of the free content in lieu of conferences etc. to keep inspired, but I’d like to see more of them (Oz time zone is a bit tricky at times) I also think just creating dialogue between creatives and studios is important.

CH

Lastly, what has working on this project meant to you?


PG

I’ve enjoyed reflecting on what’s been unique about this year and even what’s been unique about living in Australia during the pandemic. It’s been a good chance to look back through a creative lens.

FE 

It was fun to take a moment to reflect on what we are living through but also to try and find a positive spin on it. I think it’s important to spread posi vibes! So thanks for having us!

Flick Eriksson

Pollyanna Guthrie

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