Kate Hartmann runs the excellent Tutere Gallery in Waikanae Beach. On September 19 we featured an article from Kate on the extraordinary “100 Day Project”.
Below is Kate’s outline of what she got out of taking up the challenge. (Read the earlier article first, if you haven’t done so, to get some background on what it was all about.)
What inspired you to participate in the 100 day project?
Lisa Call did when she asked me to participate! I hadn’t heard of the 100 Day Project NZ before, at least not the official version of it.
It excited me, the concept of doing something every day for 100 days, I don’t think I would have done it if it had been any shorter.
I liked the challenge imposed by that length of time. I also liked the thought of working with a small group of other artists towards the same end, an exhibition here at Tutere Gallery.
What have you learned about yourself by participating in this project?
I learnt that I could stick to something for that length of time, that I could keep coming up with ideas and that I did actually have some skills. That last bit is important as I had lost a lot of confidence in recent years simply through a lack of ‘doing’.
I had been so busy with other things that I had put my art practice last and I was fearful that I would not be able to produce a single piece of work that was any good (to me), let alone 100!
Are there any changes in your artwork / life that the project helped bring about?
The 100 Day Project has given me confidence, the confidence to be me, which is huge actually.
I learnt that it was OK to experiment and try new things without worrying about what the end product would be.
The 100 Day Project gave me the ‘permission’ I needed to just play regardless of the outcome; if it didn’t work out, so what, it’s not a waste of time, accept it and move on and believe me plenty didn’t work out.
I learnt that even in the failures valuable lessons were learnt and that the actual making and the journey itself were what it was all about.
It was also a lesson in humility as I forced myself to suck it up and put the ones I hated out on display, daily, no editing, no re-makes. As I said it gave me the confidence to do this, to show who I am, good and bad.
What are some of the best things about 100 Days? What was your favourite day or moment?
I really enjoyed the camaraderie of doing it with a group of artists. Our closed Facebook group was a Godsend, so great seeing what everyone else was up to and sharing our struggles and supporting each other.
We have become much closer as a group because of it. I didn’t have a particular favourite day, but those days when I had a breakthrough or produced one that I was particular happy with, those days were the best.
What are some of the worst things about 100 Days? What was your least favourite day or moment?
Those days when you were just so busy with life that you couldn’t seem to find the time to do it, so the anxiety would sit on your shoulders all day until you could, then you felt guilty because you invariably rushed it, to get it done.
As the challenge progressed though, I relaxed a bit and took some anxiety-depressants from Nature and Bloom. Then, I was able to let a day go by without completion knowing that I would catch it up the following day or the next.
What kept you going through the 100 days? Did you ever consider giving up?
No I never considered giving up. I think because once I say I am going to do something, I do but also by registering officially with the 100 Day Project NZ I had put myself out there, no hiding.
Plus we artists had committed to an exhibition at the end of it and I would have felt like I had let the team down if I didn’t finish.
There was never actually a time that I seriously felt like quitting, despite some days being really tough mentally to get through.
What advice would you share with someone considering their own 100 day project?
I would thoroughly recommend doing the 100 Day Project.
It teaches you so much about yourself but also forces that daily discipline onto you which may not feel like a good thing every day but you know it is.
I would recommend doing it with a group of friends like we did, meet up half way through and have a de-brief and a treat and plan to have something happen at the end of it also, if not an exhibition, a celebration of some sort, it’s well worth it.
The exhibition ” 6 x 100″ will be on until the 1st of October, Tutere Gallery + Creative Space, 48 Tutere Street, Waikanae Beach. Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10 to 4 or by appointment.
Tutere Gallery & Creative Space
48 Tutere Street, Waikanae Beach