Robbie Simon: Hobbies into work
“Living a lifestyle that is rich with creativity in all facets from hobbies, to friendships, to work is the ultimate goal and vastly improves the quality of each.”
What are you into? Any hobbies other than art?
Living a lifestyle that is rich with creativity in all facets from hobbies, to friendships, to work is the ultimate goal and vastly improves the quality of each. It becomes a process of always applying who you are and what you want to do, to everything you come across and seeing all things universally through ones own creative lens.
From surfing to creating a logo, directing a music video to cooking. The techniques and processes may change but the approach and problem solving methods are the same regardless.
I really enjoyed your stuff with paper collaging. Do you have a major source of inspiration or does it seem to be a combination of what is going on around you?
It's so important to always explore and adventure, whether it's new mediums or new places, even just for the sake of entertainment. I have gained more from making the time to freely create and relish the joys of making things for no reason, than any amount of paid projects. The paper collaging you mention is a perfect example, as it began on an aimless day when someone else threw away some construction paper. I tinkered with it and ended up with these really simple compositions that were much different then anything I was drawing or creating digitally and much more exciting to me. That single afternoon has fundamentally shifted my work and defined my artwork ever since. It's reminded me to always try new mediums, methods and activities. Each will have unique results while still being unmistakably your own.
What relevance does your personal work have in your daily life?
I feel like Inspiration comes most often when you're not expecting it. I'm trying harder these days to seek it out and take inspiration from other's behaviors and philosophies, or to be more specific, how and why people do something. The amount of beautiful images we all consume on the internet each day can provide visual inspiration for a lifetime but how are you going to translate that to something unique and personal? I want to know how they work and how they arrived at that end, not just borrow their finished ideas.
“I’m trying to remove the borders and structures from life that force you to be doing one thing and keeping you from another. I try often to turn my hobbies into work and conversely find myself gaining many insights in my work, from my hobbies.”