Eva’s morning wake up time changes depending on what’s happening in her weave timetable. Generally, she uses several alarms set at five-minute intervals to ensure that she makes it out of bed in time each morning. She admits that she’s a bit slow getting ready; sometimes she anticipates that she won’t take long to get dressed until she checks the time and realises that half an hour has already passed! Like a lot of us, Eva claims to go through phases of wearing the same three outfits on rotation, but an enduring prerequisite for the weave workshop is comfort given that she is usually sitting at a loom all day.
On occasion, following her arrival at CSM in the mornings, Eva goes to her locker and stands in the corner staring into space for a while, summoning the physical energy and doing the mental preparation that the day so often requires.
When experiencing creative block, Eva will usually do windings experimenting with colour and proportion, as well as testing a variety of yarns in order to stimulate design ideas. She also finds that swinging by for a chat with friends around the workshop is an effective form of distraction when struggling to find the energy to keep going. Whilst she weaves, Eva listens to a lot of disco music as well as classic pop bangers… Eminem is a highlight in her workshop repertoire after recently discovering that his beats are great for weaving to and as such, very conducive to productivity!
Eva makes sure to get her free Waitrose coffee everyday and says her preferred thing to do when taking a break is to go outside and have a good chat with friends. She went through a phase of eating Soreen malt loaf everyday and still has the wrapper of one she ate a month ago in the bottom of her bag as a souvenir of her malt loaf addiction! Eva describes it as “energy in a loaf” that she is conveniently able to tear apart with her fingers and eat directly from the packet whilst she works – a perfect way of sustaining momentum through the long days in the workshop.