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Stories from the spectrum: Emily

"Both my autism and Sensory Processing Disorder have given me the ability to be hyper-focused on creative tasks."

Emily, autistic graphic designer, illustrator and blogger

I draw a lot of inspiration from everyday things, like my surroundings. I'm a great believer in the idea that we should 'look up more' - by this I mean look up from our screens and devices and really take in the sky above us, our environment and surroundings and just generally the world around us. It can truly be a great source of inspiration, especially if you are having a creative block. I like to think of myself as an explorer of the world and document little findings along the way. There are things to be inspired by everywhere if we look up more. 

"I draw a lot of inspiration from everyday things like my surroundings. I'm a great believer in the idea that we should 'look up more'."

I’m a really visual person so I love being a graphic designer - it's luckily something that comes quite naturally to me. I think both my SPD and autism have given me the ability to hyper-focus in on creative tasks at work but also in my own side-projects too. I can quite easily lose track of time if I am really invested and passionate about what I'm doing. I am also a very dedicated worker and a real perfectionist, which isn't always good as I can get a bit obsessive. However, mostly I think these both help me creatively. 

"I think both my Sensory Processing Disorder and autism have given me the ability to hyper-focus in on creative tasks at work but also in my own side-projects too."
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'Can you turn the sound down please?' by Emily

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'The world is too loud today' by Emily