#CMEdi People: Emily Horgan

Each time our CreativeMornings/EDI community comes together for our monthly dose of inspiration, no matter what the venue or theme, we always find ourselves surrounded by individuals full of motivation, engagement, and creativity. Meeting each other, connecting, and sharing - these are all key ingredients in making our community so wonderful.

 Extending this meeting place into the virtual space, it’s our pleasure to introduce you to one such inspirational #CMEdi community member, Emily Horgan.  

Photograph of Emily Horgan by Ellie Morag

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

My name is Emily, I’m 24 and I’m working as a User Experience Designer for Bemo, a digital agency based in Codebase. I’m originally from Ireland, but moved to Edinburgh over a year ago after finishing a degree in Computer Science.

What made you decide to come along to the last CreativeMornings Edinburgh event you took part in?

I attend Creative Mornings pretty much every month - it’s part of my routine and it’s something I genuinely look forward to. The diversity of people who attend and the topics covered are always so interesting and I feel like it’s the perfect way to start my last Friday of the month.

How did you find out about CreativeMornings?

When I moved here I worked with Alex, the founder of CMEdinburgh, and she suggested that I attend. I’m so glad I did. When you move somewhere new, it can be difficult to settle or find people who you connect with. Creative Mornings made meeting like minded people really easy.

What’s your usual morning routine?

On weekdays, I get up, listen to music and wander around my house a bit. I make breakfast (porridge, banana, peanut butter, pumpkin seeds and cinnamon EVERY time - you can have that recipe for free) and I walk to work, which is so brilliant to clear my head. I stop off in Social Bite on Rose Street every morning for a coffee and get to work around 8:30am.

What did you like best about our the last CreativeMornings Edinburgh event you took part in?

I love the way the speakers interpret the themes every month. It shows how perspective and context can make such an impact on how people perceive things. The last event I attended had a theme of Death. Amy Hardie, the documentary director, spoke about her experiences of death, dreams and the power of the mind. It was so engaging and different to anything I had ever heard before. I think I told everyone I spoke to that day about it.

What is your creative calling?

I think my creative calling is finding ways to make people’s day to day lives better. I fundamentally believe that creativity can be found anywhere, in any profession, past-time or person. And I also believe that we can harness that creativity to create social change that works for everyone, particularly the more vulnerable people in our society. Some of the best people I know are using creative, person centered approaches in different industries and are making massive, positive changes in people’s lives.

What or who inspires you?

I’m inspired by people who are authentic and passionate, who refuse to settle for what they believe is wrong and who strive to make things better for themselves and for others.

If you could give one piece of advice for nurturing creativity, what would it be?

I think it’s important to remember the distinction between creativity for work and creativity for the sake of it. I absolutely love working in a creative industry, but I always make time for a seperate, unconstrained creative outlet. It can be quite jading creating art or design in a work environment if you expect to be completely creatively fulfilled by it. Acknowledging that separation and having a place to be free to express your creativity in an unbounded way is really important.  

Can you list a few of your favourite creative resources?

I use websites like Pinterest and Medium when I’m looking for design inspiration for work, I read a lot of non-fiction which helps broaden my perspectives, and I listen to a tonne of music to get a creative flow going. But honestly, my favourite creative resources are my friends - a lot of my main inspiration and ‘a-ha’ moments comes from chatting to people who challenge the way I think and give me insights I would never have considered before.

What do you do to take care of your creative soul?

While I do a lot of different things to take care of my creative soul, I think the best thing anyone can do is to meet new people as often as you feel comfortable with. Having a decent conversation with a new person challenges your mind and perceptions in a way that nothing else really can. It’s also a good reminder of how interesting you are as a person to other people, even if you don’t believe it yourself.

Thank you so much Emily for sharing insights into your creative life! If you spot Emily at our next event, be sure to say hello - who knows what creative inspirations can be shared!