There are, I have discovered, two aspects of my nature that, when respected, can work beautifully together.
I love a spreadsheet, a schedule, a deadline, a to-do list - these organisational aids make complete sense to me - help me to breathe slowly, calmly and keep me sane. Within this structure, I can make space for play, exploration, mess and fun. And again - in order to keep the balance, it isn’t just that I can - I’ve realised that I must. It’s taken me a long time to figure out that these contrasts can work in harmony and need to co-exist in order to help me and my creativity thrive.
When I made the decision to start my own company, I imagined that I would be focussing purely on graphic design. This is what I had loved for 15 years and it’s how I expressed myself, creatively. My background, however, lies in textile design and drawing. Strangely I lost confidence in this side of my work a long time ago so it’s something that became forgotten.
A couple of years ago, I set myself a project - purely to explore something that inspired me and to see what emerged from the process. Through this journey I’ve found that what makes me happiest is to combine these two different areas of design. Whilst graphic design calls for me to visually communicate my client’s message to a specific audience, decorative art and design is self-led and allows me to produce something aesthetically pleasing with a tactile quality - often whilst getting covered in paint - the perfect union!
Here, I focus on my current decorative art/design projects.