During the last few weeks members of the TIGI International Creative Team have been physically apart, yet through their regular virtual creative meetings, as well as joining each other for live Fuse Sessions on Instagram, they say they feel closer than ever, have had the time to develop and share ideas, and are re-igniting their personal creativity.
We are all going through the same worldwide isolation, yet we are in different places and different situations, so we wanted to share with you the Team’s thoughts; where they are, how they’re spending their time and what they’re doing.
We hope you enjoy our intro to the ‘selfie’ world of the TIGI Creative Team.
“Hi everyone, Pat and I are at home in London, and apart from going out for our daily walk we spend all of our time inside. It’s been a bit strange as we usually spend a lot of time travelling and also our two daughters and our grand-daughter aren’t in London which has been really difficult as we miss them a lot. But we’re catching up with daily FaceTime and Skype, so at least we’re connected.
We’ve been really busy! We’re actually working most of the time, although some days I do laze around, get up late and watch TV. I’ve been on lots of calls with people in TIGI and with all of the TIGI Creative Team, as well as my external team who usually support me making films and organising events. I’ve never spent much time on social media or computers, so I’ve had to learn how to use programmes like Zoom and now I’ve got to grips with it, it’s fired my creativity and I’m planning how we can use these channels to communicate with all of you. I always find I get inspired when I talk to like-minded creatives and Pat and I are continually planning – that hasn’t changed, it’s something we’ve always done. We have all the books we’ve created in our house, as well as magazines with editorial coverage, and these are great reference for us too. And, if the sun shines we’re lucky to have a pretty garden and it’s lovely to be able to sit outside and have lunch”.
“I’m currently at my home just outside of NYC in South Orange, New Jersey. We’ve been in isolation now for 6 weeks and have at least 3 more weeks in front of us. My wife and I have 2 children so every hour is a different adventure… not sure who’s more stir crazy, us or them?! Work has been keeping me very busy… never a dull moment. Although I haven’t been able to physically do as much hair as I’d like, as a team we’ve been more connected than ever and finding ways to also do what we love, which is to share our passions, inspirations, creative influences and ideas with the hairdressing community. As for keeping my sanity – or what’s left of it, anyway – music is my savior. I have it on all day, every day. Honestly, it helps me focus as I find silence deafening most times. It puts me in a great place and it fuels my soul. My turntables are definitely putting in some serious work through all this.
Best thing out of all this is actually sitting down together as a family every night for dinner. That used to only ever happen on the weekends, if I was home so I’m absolutely loving that! Beyond that, having time to research even more and dig through books and magazines and going through the archives for inspiration has been great. And lastly, catching up on films every night has also been amazing. Movies, as well as music, has always been main sources of inspiration for me.”
“Like everyone else, I’m spending my days at home (in London) with the occasional trip to the salon to make sure everything is ok.
Since lockdown I have been really busy with my salon team working on trends, menus and general day to day work for the business. As a business owner you always have so much to do and I had a backlog of admin which I’ve now managed to get done.
Creatively, I have made sure I’m taking time to myself to explore other areas of creativity that’s not hair, such as painting, art, meditation, reading, and learning new skills. For me personally, I need to grow my mind in other aspects to be able to be more creative with hair and colour. So I’m looking forward to when we can go back to work, as I have lots of new fresh ideas that I would like to try! ”
“I’m staying at home in Surrey, England, just outside of London, with my wife, Jessica, and daughter, Petra. What keeps me motivated and on track is keeping a regular schedule and short-term goal setting. It’s about planning the days ahead with a checklist and knowing when to switch work on and off for family time.
Enjoy the little things and keep a positive vibe!”
“I’m here in New York, where I’ve been quarantining for the last few weeks, and trying to keep myself busy. For those that don’t know me, I LOVE football and I bloody miss it, so my personal ‘indoor kick-ups’ number has reached 84… happy to accept any challengers ;)
On my coffee table, I have the ‘IBIZA’ book (pink one) and it’s full of beautiful images of the incredible island, mostly from the 70s and 80s. Every morning I wake up, make a cup of tea and turn the page. Then for the rest of the day, everyday, I have inspiring images of a place which is so close to my heart, not only from living there once, but all the incredible memories and experiences I had there. I would ultimately one day love to ‘retire’ there too! I also look at all types of images music-related: punk, soul and funk. How the music world has uniquely shaped the hair industry and how prevalent it is in our work today!
I FaceTime my Mum everyday. Most people should know by now I’m a big Momma’s boy. She’s 72 years old, so I naturally am making sure she’s keeping safe and happy back in in England! I miss all my family, friends and TIGI family through these times, but I’m grateful for technology, so I can at least see all their faces everyday!
I’ve been alone for 6 weeks now. But I try to see the best in every situation, and I’ve loved how we’ve all come together as a team. Although it may only be virtually, I feel as connected to our global team now more than I can even remember. And as we are all one family, that’s a beautiful thing! I look forward to living life, creating new memories, and seeing all our wonderful clients in the ‘hopefully’ very near future!”
“I’m in NYC throughout this craziness… :) I’m staying sane (well kinda) by just realizing all the the things I have to be grateful for and just living in the present! Connecting with family and close friends online, reading, staying busy and also just taking the time to practice self care.”
“Over the last few months I have decided to #stayathome in my flat in South East London, with my partner Francesca and our two kids, Matteo and Vera Isabella. I must admit some days are better than others, however, the beauty of being surrounded by your own children makes the time fly by. Between the cooking, playing, helping my son do his homework, and having fun doing Instagram Live Fuse Sessions with my colleagues and friends, I can keep the positive vibes going.”
“I’m currently living and quarantining in Tokyo with family, and stuck with cardboard boxes all around me!
I’ve been communicating with friends from around the world via SNS (social networking services) which I have never done this much before! But this makes us happy and keeps us connected :) Thank god for SNS!
This is actually a great opportunity for me to look back at what we’ve done in the past as a source of inspiration, and also try some things I never thought to do (like film step by step tutorials from home with my brother!)”
“I’m home in Miami with my family. It’s the first time since we moved down to Florida that I’ve been able to spend 2 months with my family. Even though, financially, it’s tough, I see it as blessing. Money cannot buy time!
Like many, I’m enjoying this period of stillness. It was tough for the first 3 weeks but I have learnt a lot about myself and my family. I feel a little smarter everyday before going to bed now. Also, I’ve been doing a lot of meditation, like 2 times a day, which is now my favorite thing to do. I have been cooking a lot of healthy food too and doing a lot of live fitness classes. Before all of this, it was difficult to make that happen and find the motivatation to get up and do it!”
“I’m in London, England staying at our family flat right next to Bed Head Studios. So being on lockdown right next to work is quite strange! I’ve been coping quite well, spending a lot of my time doing art. I’ve been painting shoes, canvases and even furniture, so it’s been a lot of fun. I feel it’s important to stay creative and use that part of your brain, especially as hairdressers. “Use the time wisely to better yourself and work on something you didn’t have time to before” is what I’m telling myself.
I have been able to get out of the house to bring food to family and help my dad with some work, but either way, making sure I’m staying active everyday, whether it’s a run or some weights in the house, which I think is important for your body and your mind.
Being stuck at home can make you realise everything you took for granted, so I’m looking at this experience as a time of growth and change. Anyways, looking forward to seeing all my family and friends again, and to travel somewhere far way.
Stay home and stay safe”