Said Jacob Cass, graphic designer.
(As my 12 year old says to me. That’s his way of saying, “Hi Mum, how are you, what’s for dinner? Can I play on the playstation and go out to play footie later? A boy of few words, fast becoming a teenager. Oh help me.)
I hope you’ve a good weekend. I’ve been ill the last few days with, actually I’m not sure what it is, but I’ve been feeling pretty rope-y.
It was the perfect excuse to stay in and faff. Yes faff. Do you like to faff?
The English Dictionary says ‘Faff or ‘Faffing means to:
Spend time in ineffectual activity.
Well I think that’s really quite disingenuous to the those of us who ‘faff with purpose’. As a creative, a lot of our time is spent faffing. In art school it’s probably know as ‘experimentation’ or in marketing speak ‘throwing ideas over invisible walls’. (Yish! Marketing speak. My poor husband has to listen to it on a daily basis. That’s why I don’t work a corporate/normal job).
Experimentation/playing/trying new things/faffing, it is one of the most important aspects of creativity. It allows you to try new things. Otherwise wouldn’t we get stuck in a rut, doing the same thing over and over and over and over ….
As Jacob Cass eloquently puts his case across, its takes time, effort, work and yes this includes faffing, to get beautiful results. That’s how masterpieces are born.
I faff with pride thank you very much. To celebrate faffing, I was asked by a fellow faffer, Bec at OfHeartAndHome (who has a gorgeous Instagram feed – do check it out) to create some Instagram posts on the theme of faffing for the #5shotchallenge. The idea is you create 5 shots around a theme and then tag them. In this case, we have tagged them #faffing and #faffingadditction. These photos are the results of my #faffing. Maybe not masterpieces but I enjoyed making them.
Do you like to faff? Get faffing and tag them on Instagram. You’ll also meet some wonderful faffers.