I started out as a pretty unwilling participant in the world of blogging. I was told to do it, so I did – not out of a burning passion to share my design perspectives but as a business owner who needed to connect with the world. Beginning on Tumblr (because it was the easiest), I was exposed to some awesome blogs and amazing images that made me want to see and share more. Within a few months, I moved the blog here so I could exercise even more creative freedom. And although the blog has grown in many ways, my creative exercise regimen just ain’t what it used to be.
You see, before I was blogging, I was making. I did projects at random – sewing slipcovers and pillowcases on a whim. I sketched out ideas, wrote poetry, and did… basically whatever I felt like doing. My creative side was a "free spirit" and she answered to no one.
Then came the blog. I was told to have a focus, the smaller the niche, the better. And in my niche-making, I forgot about (or lacked time for) the real making. "No sketching? No sewing?" asked the free spirit. “No sketching! No sewing!" replied my business savvy. "Not that I don’t want to but we must do what the experts say. Priorities, my dear."
So, I spent over a year blogging about design and put most other creative pursuits on the backburner. I was moderately happy with the results but there was definitely something missing. Frustrated, I’d take breaks from time to time, as some of you may have noticed.
I guess this isn’t an epiphany but more of an affirmation. I already started making changes on the site but expect even more. Not sure what the changes will be but definitely less fuss and more me. In the end, I may be performing to an empty theater with a few die-hard fans (Thanks, Ma!) but if you don't love what you're doing, why bother?
A Designer's Eye (ADE) focuses on training and refining my artistic eye; developing my instincts; learning to trust them; and sharing what I find.
Images: Kristian Schuller, The Glamourai