In this week’s Creative Spotlight we introduce you to the inspiring and fashionable interior architect Nicolle Dalcin! Using mindfulness as a key to keep her thoughts and emotions in check and getting out of her comfort zone as a source for creativity and inspiration, this lovely lady knows how to get her shit together.
What do you do?
I am an Interior Architect currently working for Insight Projects – a design and project management company based in North Sydney. At Insight Projects we mainly focus on the design and management of commercial office fit outs at a nationwide level.
What is your most recent obsession?
ASOS! I get to have access to cutting edge fashion at the touch of my fingertips. I’m all about colour and pattern, I love pushing the boundaries of materiality. So getting up in the morning has a hint of excitement as I get to put together another outfit which is just like creating a material board or new colour palette.
If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
I wish that people were more aware of their impact of the environment on a day to day basis. I feel that people are slowly becoming more aware however not enough to make a noticeable difference. I believe that for this to happen it needs to be accepted at a political level. Many of the impacts of climate change are irreversible. So if I could change one thing about the world it would definitely our global human effort to save the environment.
What is your definition of ‘having your shit together’?
I believe having your shit together would involve having your emotions in check and having a good work-life balance so you don’t feel like you’re out of whack. Oh and being organised because without being organised it’s almost impossible to keep your shit together!
What inspires you?
Nature. I often sit and observe the beauty and uniqueness of the natural environment. But anything really, it’s about having an open mind. I have numerous folders on Pinterest where I have save thousands of images that I often drawn upon for inspiration.
What advice do you have for an aspiring creative?
Believe in yourself and don’t give up on your dreams – ‘Passion is the oxygen of the soul ’. Keep at it no matter how many set backs are thrown your way, because each one helps you grow.
Have you watched the water boy? Do you remember how Rob Schneider pops ups at random moments and says ‘You can do it’. If you ever doubt yourself or feel you’re in a difficult situation and want to give up just repeat to yourself ‘you can do it’ over and over again or give this video a watch . Then have a little giggle because you can’t be too serious about life, have a little fun.
What are your biggest challenges as a creative?
TIME. When I say time I’m referring to the constant pressure of living in this technological age where we’re continuously forced to get things done quickly. Sometimes I may not feel like being creative or feel like something is hindering my creative flow. Being creative isn’t a light switch that you can turn on and off when you please. When I feel like I’m at a road block I like to get out there, see the world, collaborate, put myself out of my comfort zone and do something different to get those ideas flowing. However time pressures and deadlines often inhibit this process.
What role does Mindfulness play in your creativity and/or life?
Everything! Mindfulness is the key to keeping your thoughts and emotions in check. When your mind is focused and ‘conscious’ then you’re able to see world in a different light. You’re able to notice things you’ve previously overlooked. You’re more observant and less judgmental allowing those ideas to flow. You never know when that next BIG IDEA will pop into your head. So tune in so you don’t tune out.