Creatives in Crisis | Hannah Darkins of The Unfold

Creatives in Crisis | Hannah Darkins of The Unfold

Well, life sure is different right now!

A month ago we were talking about meeting each other for coffees and drinks at the pub, or having date nights in our favourite restaurants. And now it's isolation this, and quarantine that. So I wanted to put a piece together that reminds us all that we're here and in the trenches together! We're each others' best allies and life support through this. 

The incredible women interviewed over this series are from all over the country. They're artisans, business owners and freelancers I've walked my creative journey with. As such, they've all be hit in various ways by the crisis and have generously shared their journey over the past few weeks and months. I hope you'll be inspired by their stories, encouraged to connect and gleam little rays of wisdom from the way they've pivoted & adapted during this time! 

Let's get to know Hannah Darkins.
She is the magnetic, visual storyteller behind The Unfold. 

Thinking back a few weeks, what was the last normal day of work for you like? (Before COVID-19 hit and self isolation was a thing). What did you do in it? What were your plans for the next few months? 

This year was off to a flying start and felt as though it was set to be a big one for me and my small business- I was practically working a 7 day week most weeks until the lockdown was announced, which basically put the middle finger up to that momentum hah! 

How has the space you're working in changed/ work flow changed? 

Besides practically conducting a shoot off site or on location, a lot of my work is based from home anyway - editing, creating websites, producing digital content etc. My husband also has his own business and works for himself so we are used to being at home and sharing computers/ work rooms so that didn’t change much.

The rhythm of the week does feel less in flow as a few jobs have been cancelled/put on hold so I do feel a little in limbo in a few ways, but I’m also feeling a sense of invigoration and excitement to take the chance to have a bit of a breather and reassess the business with a fresh perspective. There is a big part of me that thrives on a creative challenge so I’m hopeful something more innovative/a fresh perspective will come from all this for me personally and for my business.

It’s been nice to just pick up my iPhone with no pressure and take a crappy quality photo of the small joys right in front of me. It’s felt weirdly satisfying and nice.

What is the greatest challenge you've faced in the last few weeks? 

I think the speed at which we were initially forced to make decisions on a personal level. I know there was information and media circulating about the virus since last year but it did all of a sudden feel as though “well that escalated quickly!” 

We are seriously grateful for what we have though and to have good people in our worlds who make a significant difference and impact on our lives- this has only been illuminated in these times. 

What have you implemented into your daily schedule to keep yourself sane? Stay creatively motivated? Or are you embracing this time to take space for yourself? 

I don’t really have a daily schedule and that always tends to work well for me- I often just go with the ebs and flows of the day and where it takes me (other than usual commitments). As the usual commitments have lessened it has just freed up more space to be and do with the natural progression of the day (of course mostly within the limits of home)- again I feel so grateful to have this freedom within home life and it isn’t lost on me how lucky we are to have this. I have been more intentional about appreciating sunlight on the skin though- whether that be just sitting outside for chunks of the day or going for a walk outside. 

How do you stay connected with your family, friends, and business friends? 

FaceTime has been huge ! I have also loved loving on friends with batches of cookies, homemade meals with love notes attached- dropped at the doorstep. It’s been nice to love and feel loved in different creative ways. It’s also been lovely supporting friends virtually and trying to do my bit in offering knowledge and tips online for my business.

What are some things you'd like to do / you are doing during self-isolation that you maybe wouldn't have considered if you weren't confined to your house?

I have been baking and cooking a whole lot more and will likely continue to branch out a bit with recipes! I also have been loving a good bath in the evening over a shower haha - probably because I have less of a sense of being rushed towards the “next thing”. 

Many of us work in isolation or away from people a lot of the time. Any tips for staying sane and creative in self isolation? 

Put on a good song, dance around and sing out loud- feels good for the soul. Also been loving burning incense lately - makes the home more inviting and a place you want to be in. Also don’t feel pressure to be or do certain things in this time, you don’t have to love being at home or become some sort of productive domestic goddess - just do what you can and choose to find joy - we all have that in our control. 

Is there anything we can do to support you & your business through this time? 

Keep being kind to others, with the knowledge and intention that what we do for one person we do for the benefit of the greater whole. 

If there is anything I can do as a business - knowledge, strategy, creating fresh digital content for your brand or conducting a website refresh to enhance your online presence in this time then feel free to get in contact - 

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