November 30, 2022

Consider with Emily Ridings

By Concrete Collective
Consider with Emily Ridings

1   Do you have any daily practices?

1   About a year ago, I read The Artist’s Way and started morning pages, 2-3 pages of stream-of-consciousness journaling. It doesn’t feel significant day-to-day, but there have been a couple of stints this year where I stopped writing and eventually realized I felt so out of touch with myself. It feels like rinsing dirt off your brain.



2   What are your simplest pleasures?

2   Trading art with friends. Watching plants grow. Finding good trash furniture on the street.



3   What does timelessness mean to you?

3   I think of timelessness as a connection between the past & present & future. When I’ve looked at the commonalities between the practices I’m most drawn to—making clothing, baskets, ceramics—they’re processes that have existed for as long as we have. There’s an inherent timelessness in the way these pieces have functioned in the world, and in how we’ve always used them as vessels for beauty. My hope is to continue the traditions of primal crafts with curiosity toward what else is possible. I think that fusion of old and new can form a sense of timelessness.



4   What does self-care look like to you?

4   My self-care currently means leaving space for self-care to mean something different everyday. I used to feel pressure to do the same things every day that are ‘good’ for me, like walking x miles or eating a certain way, but I realized some of that was rooted in control instead of care. I believe in discipline, but allowing flexibility in what works today vs. tomorrow is helpful. I’m trying to invite ease, ease, ease; all the time.



5   What are you most thankful for?

5   I’m most thankful that my creativity was never discouraged as a child. Making things has always been my safe space, especially early on when I didn’t have a name for introversion and my sensitive, cerebral nature felt awkward around people. Now I recognize that those parts of me are my superpowers of expression. If I hadn’t had art as that initial belonging, I can’t imagine where I’d be now.