Moving in a New Direction
The older I get, the more willing I am to voice what I really want in my career, even the things that feel like far-off dreams (which by the way, most of them do). I've been obsessed with surface pattern for a while now, and finally feel brave enough to try my hand at it and even put it out there in the world. I have no idea what I want to do with these, but that's what I find most exciting about it. I think surface pattern is exciting for all the potential it holds - it can really end up anywhere: textiles, packaging, mugs, walls... I really admire people who see the potential in a simple abstract shape that, on its own may not be remarkable, but somehow transforms when fashioned into a pattern. Over the last few months, I've turned my focus to creating work that makes people feel cheerful and whimsical.
The next few months are exciting to think about because, after about four years of trying to be and do everything, I am ready to walk away from a lot of aspects of design that do not excite me in exchange for the ones that do. It can be a really easy hole to fall into, the urge to master a million different skills. The pressure is certainly there when you are job hunting. I guess at some point you realize what kind of lifestyle you want, and what kind of work will afford that to you, and what you are/are not willing to sacrifice, and you make decisions from there. That's what has been happening to me, anyway. So anyway, I am really looking forward to this more focused approach to my life and career, and cannot wait to see what it will look like down the line!
Hope these little experiments bring a little joy to your Thursday.