100 PICTURES | 100 STORIES // Tabitha Noonan

What is your practice?
I’m a writer. I write every day for my job as a freelance Brand Messaging Strategist, but this year I made a goal to get back in touch with my own voice and have been creating some poetry-ish type work.

How did you first start and why?
I remember being singled out in primary school as a gifted creative writer. I had a wonderful teacher in Year 5 who mentored and encouraged me and I remember feeling like my talent was an important part of my identity, even as an 11-year-old.
 
What Props did you bring to the shoot? Why?
I brought an orange that I foraged. It was hanging over a backyard fence in Marrickville, so it was totally fair game. Foraging is one of my favourite things to do and I have a dream to move to Tasmania one day and blog about sustainable living.

What is the hardest thing about your practice?
After so many years of writing in other people’s voices, I discovered that I’d lost touch with what my own sounded like. I find it hard to get out of editing mode and ‘let go’ with my practice. I’m very self-critical, but I’m getting better. Doing the Artist’s Way program this year has helped me overcome my inner critic.
What motivates you?
I’d say I’m motivated by truth. Authenticity is big value of mine and my goal in writing is to express my authentic self – the good, the bad and the ugly!
 
If money were no object, what would you do?
Probably move to Tassie, buy a little place on the beach at Bay of Fires and never have to worry about earning money again.
 
What are you currently working on / what’s coming up for you?
I’m currently working on a big re-brand for a charity, playing with their Tone of Voice and I’m finding it really satisfying. I’ve also got a loose plan to launch my blog, Fish and Forage, in the not too distant future.
 
What does Create or Die mean to you?
Creativity is something inherently human, so when we lose touch with it (either as individuals or as a culture) a little part of our humanity dies.
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Tabitha is exhibiting amongst her fellow artists in Show me Someone who Says it’s Easy – a group exhibition about the ups, downs and round and rounds of being an artist in todays modern society.
Photo by Chrissie Hall // Interview by Deb Morgan

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