Amazing TED talk featuring Marian Bantjes. My dad sent this link to me a few weeks ago, and I finally watched it last night. Its interesting because it reminds me of my experience in college as an Art Major, I started out reaching for lofty ideas to express ("experience," "memory") and my work lacked any personal depth, and it also lacked the good grades I wanted to earn. I eventually found my voice and created work that I was passionate about, proud of, and made an A+.
Lately I've been feeling like I'm back in that same spot, working for big lofty ideas (that I do love & believe in) but without any personal depth. Slowly but surely, I'm working towards my own company, my own personal satisfaction of creating a product, both for my audience (y'all!) and equally for myself.
I'm nervous and excited about my first session at the The Arm Letterpress Studio tomorrow. I have paper, ink, and 3 hours booked to get started with some stationary & posters. I have some loose ideas for direction, but am giving myself the freedom to make mistakes to learn from, and to have some happy accidents along the way as well.
Listening to Marian Bantjes was exactly what I needed to hear, to remind me of the importance of making personal work to put out in the world. She makes the point that all ideas feed off others, and you can find inspiration everywhere, and you never know what your work may inspire in others. I won't give it all away, but hopefully this sincere post will convince you to spend the 16 minutes to watch :)
While most of the clothes in the Anthroplogie catalog no longer inspire me the way they used to, I'm loving these 2 images from the recent issue. I can't wait to one day have a house with walls full of wooden bookshelves, and also a claw-foot bathtub with succulents surrounding me as a bathe.. also loving that colorful flower painting!
I've been loving the morning time lately. My job is very demanding, and I've found when I give myself even 20 minutes in the morning to make iced coffee & breakfast, and actually sit down to enjoy it, that my whole day is much better. I had a small party a few weeks back and turned my dining table to face the window, and have kept it that way for the time being. There is something calming about starting my day looking out the window, and at all my beautiful farmer's market flowers and plants.