Creative Routines with Erin Lightfeather

Hi guys!

My name is Erin, and you can find me on Instagram as Erin Lightfeather AKA that crazy feather lady.

I have been working with ethically-sourced feathers for several years now, creating pieces for fashion, print/film, bridal, and interior decor.

I am currently working directly with clients creating custom, made-to-order feather designs. I am preparing to launch an e-commerce section of my new website to sell ready-made, limited edition art and accessories.

My Routine is always a little different depending on the projects I have going on.

I try to do all of my feather cleaning and dying all at once, usually on a Monday morning. In general, my daily routine is pretty boring, but it works for me!

Here’s a look at my day.

7.30 am

I wake up, freshen up, throw on a pot of coffee, load a podcast (I listen to them all day long) and answer my emails and Instagram. (and browse Pinterest a bit!)

8.30 am

I sit down to work!

I work from home which is amazing, but because I live in a condo it can get a little crowded with all of the things I have going on.

I have several orders on the go at any given time, all of which are extremely time-consuming.

I usually paint or colour my feathers first, then trim and sculpt, and then arrange and sew depending on the piece.

10.30 am

I take a short break, do some stretches and check in on email and social media.

Erin Lightfeather
Erin Lightfeather

11 am

I get back to work.

12 pm

Lunch time.

1 pm

More work!

I am currently in the process of making 6 large wall hangings out of feathers, and each one takes about 2 days to complete.

3.30 pm

I reluctantly go to the gym.

4.30 pm

This the time I usually style and photograph my Instagram posts.

5 pm

I edit my photos in Photoshop.

6 pm

After 6 I am usually done for the day, I have dinner with my fiancé and relax. We are currently watching Peaky Blinders.

9 pm

From around 9pm until about 11pm, I like to tinker with art, DIY and little random projects.

Right now I am obsessed with epoxy resin, so I have been playing around with that after hours.

Erin Lightfeather
Erin Lightfeather

11pm

Fine! I guess I'll go to bed.

Advice for makers

My one piece of advice to other creators: Never give up on your dreams!

I have relatively no training in art or design, besides a semester of fashion design school.

I didn't even fully realize my true passion for design until I was 30 I decided to dive head first into exclusively designing with my favourite medium: feathers.

If you are a passionate maker, devote time each day to making that dream come to life. I know you can do it!

Catch up with Erin on her website and Instagram.

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