The complicated reality of doing what you love
Losing a hobby and gaining a revenue stream. Since the industrial revolution, hobbies have been defined by their link to work as a productive outlet for spare time. But as the world becomes increasingly digitised, its meaning has changed. Artist and writer Marian Bull explores the transformation of the ceramics hobby into a full-time job. Here, she reflects on the fetishisation of the side puzzle and the risk of turning Hobbes ‘a mirage of leisure that quickly turns to obligation’, leaving many in need of another outlet for inspiration and creation.