I've not had any creative energy to design for many months (I think moving to the other side of the world and having a computer that crashed every few minutes didn't help!) But all of a sudden, out of the blue and on a really miserable day when I had received a devastating work e mail, full of tears and feeling like the biggest failure on the planet, I suddenly wanted to design, design, design. And I'm loving being back. Designing patterns for me can turn a truly bad day into something beautiful and that day did just that for me.
Since starting this surface pattern design path I keep on hearing the same thing again and again; you need to find your "signature style" I took that as having to find a style that was totally different to everyone else; out there, wild, unique.... So that's what I did. I designed my heart out and forced myself to be as different as I could.
And that my dear friends is where I believe I went totally wrong. I forced the design process instead of letting it flow and come naturally. I'm not saying that my designs were awful, far from it. I just don't think they were truly "me"
So now with my renewed energy, I'm back and I'm back with a new attitude; to relax, enjoy and design in a way that makes ME happy, joyful and to not worry if my work looks like others. I'm thinking and hoping the more I design, the more my work will become truly "me"
Here are a few designs that I have been working on this week. My new years resolution is to complete a collection per week!! Gulp!! There you go, I've set the gauntlet now, who's joining me? :)