Hello I’m Safiyyah
It’s so good to have you here, I really do hope my blog inspires the creative in you. My unusually spelt name has so many different versions. (I like it pronounced Su-fear)
I’m a painter, photographer and print designer. I live and work in Birmingham in a small studio in my house. It’s always quite messy; I would call it an organised mess. I think it helps my creativity flow well when I have visual references plastered on my walls, all over my work tops and spread out all over the floor.
Where do I begin?
I used to be a Design Technology teacher in a secondary school. I had been in teaching for five to six years before I felt the need for a career break. Why? Because I had lost a part of me that had always been around…
Most of my life had revolved around creativity and the arts. I studies art throughout my GCSE’S A- levels and degree so it really felt like creativity has never left me, until the final years of my teaching career. When I became a teacher the one thing I was drawn to was finding creative unconventional ways of teaching my students. This is what made the job so appealing and exciting. For example, I had to teach a topic of learning the different jobs roles in the textiles industry. I made my students act out the different roles and actually teach their peers, making the lesson interactive and fun for us all. I enjoyed the teaching, students enjoyed the learning and everyone was happy! This was how I remember the beginning years of my teaching career to be. It made the tedious parts of the job bearable and it made teaching for me really fun! Unfortunately, as time went on it became less and less about creativity and more about ‘ticking boxes’. Lots of admin and paper work! It was at that point I really missed being in touch with my creative side and began to question if I was in the right place. It was very timely that I became pregnant and decided it was time to take the big leap out of work, to be a textiles designer and a stay at home mum. I can honestly say I work hard every single day to meet my business goals and achieve my dreams of doing a job that I love.
When I was teaching I would find myself counting down the weeks and months till the school holidays, and it meant I was wishing my life away. I wanted a career where I enjoyed it so much I didn’t feel the need for a vacation. And so here I am…
My days consist of painting, designing writing content, emails and phone calls. I find the best time to do this is a two hour slot during the day whilst Isla (my 15 month old) sleeps. The rest of the time I am mummy. Isla is a big personality in our house! That girl knows her mind and I very often have to let her take the lead so juggling work and mum life is probably one of the hardest challenges I’d say!
Any way so this is me! I very consciously wanted to write a blog that was for people like me, a natural creative that has for whatever reason struggled to tap into their creativity, maybe due to life circumstances or work pressures. I am hoping this blog will encourage you to live creativity and reconnect to your creative self. I hope you will be inspired by the other ‘like-minded people’ who I will be featuring in my blog. These people have inspired me along the way throughout my creative journey and given me the drive I have today to follow my creative dreams.