6 Questions with Jo Olive
6 questions, a tiny interview with artists, makers and creative folks.
Yesterday I met a beautiful friend for coffee, and as I lamented that this month had got away from me and I was yet to organise my 6 Questions interview for the newsletter, she casually suggested that I answer them myself. So this month it's me, taking the opportunity to turn the mirror towards myself to answer the questions I usually ask!
I absolutely love receiving answers back for the 6 Questions, and I am always so enlightened by everyone's answers, the time that everyone takes to ponder each one is always apparent and really appreciated. In answering these I hope they give you a slightly different view into who and what my studio is all about....I also recommend answering them in your own journal or as a self reflection at the end of each year, it's such a beautiful thing to tap into the things we desire, wish for or have learnt along the way. Giving yourself a moment to do that is a truly great gift.
If there is one thing I believe in.....
It's Love. Love for the natural world, love for the self, love for family and love for friends.
Each day I complete this one ritual, action or routine.....
I walk. Usually in the cool early morning. Walking helps me think, connects me to nature and connects me to my true self. I can hear myself when I walk, it is a time of great peace.
Simple things….more time to read, nourishing food with good people, watching Wes Anderson movies….maybe a bigger cleaner painting studio!
Before I die, I would like to.....
Travel to Europe and visit all the artworks I’ve only ever seen in books. And learn how to play the drums.
The book that changed my life......
So, many! But I would have to say The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot. In its pages is where I fell deeply in love with words and the poetry of life. My literature teacher promised me a copy if I got an A in a senior assignment - I did end up with the A, but he said he would have given it to me regardless.
The wisest words ever said to me were.....
Saying no to one thing, is saying yes to another.
Optional 7th Question
One thing most people do not know about me......
I’ve gone by four names in my lifetime, my birth name Joanne Strom, my Mum’s maiden name, Moloney, a short-lived hyphenated name Moloney-Olive and finally my married name Olive. It causes more trouble than you would expect as anyone who has ever changed their name knows! Lots of forms and explanations!
To engage and connect with Jo's creative practice and studio sign up for her monthly newsletter at www.joolive.com and follow on Instagram and Pinterest