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Why design?

Why do I design? What is the meaning of art, or more precise what is the meaning of my art… I was making a pattern for a handbag and imagining what I will place on it and my mind wondered (as it always does 🙂 ) and I started thinking why am I doing this.  (If you read my blog that you probably already read how I used to paint and exhibit, but now I am more concentrated in applied arts). I`m always nervous and excited (but mostly nervous) before starting a new design. There`s always a fear that it will go wrong (spoken as a true pessimist I am!!! 🙂 ). So I tried to push my fears away and started to think about the good sides of designing. I mean I am doing this because of some positive reason, right? So why do I design? There are so many beautiful bags and clothes already around us, so what`s the point, right? Come to think of it why design any clothes and accessories when you have great pieces of design already around us. Ok, the development of new materials always gives a new dimension to creating. And every age has a different outlook on how we should represent ourselves and dress. But I am not talking about that.

(only fitting that I post photos of my workplace for this topic; yes my new machine is finally here!!!)

The most important thing for me in designing is that I just can`t escape art and creating. Yes, I tried to do that… The easiest thing would be not to create, to go to any other job and just do what I am told… But I can`t. It may seem as an overstatement: but I would feel empty without any form of art in my life, even meaningless. I guess I am trying to give you a picture of how it feels to be an artist- as I often find people referring to artists as strange, different and even crazy. For a long time I tried to escape that label (a part of me still tries to escape that). Nevertheless I must admit that art is something that keeps me going, even empowers me. It is a part of me, and a part of me goes into every piece I design… And as great as all that sounds, you are not creating just for yourself. You also create for the people around you. So your work is subjected to evaluation and critique. I once read that an artist art doesn’t exist if he (or she) doesn`t exhibit its work. An artist has to place its art to judgment. Well, I don`t know if I agree altogether with that statement but I do know that being critiqued about your art is anything but easy or enjoyable. No matter if it`s a painting, a performance or just a handbag. And all this different forms of art, the big and illustrious museum art and the simple and down to earth everyday design… I mean; where does academic art end and applied arts begin, that line seems blurry to me sometimes…

 

This post has suddenly become too much of a “scientific debate” with myself!! Ha-ha… I must put an end to that! I can make this discussion quite simple: designing is squeezing all of this art and skill and love into the piece that you are currently making. In this case it’s a handbag. Or should I say not just a handbag, more of a concentrated cuteness!! 🙂 Now I sound like a cheesy fashion house spokesperson!!! Ok, let’s simplify it again: now more that ever your accessories define your style. It`s sad but most of us dress the same, it`s like an army of clones when you look at our streets. Ok, so why not give that look a different flair with an unusual sunglasses, bag or jewelry!?!


To conclude: I do have a very pessimistic side; I do put too much emphasis on all of the negative sides of creating. Yes, creating is a struggle. But most of all it is very fulfilling. Every time you paint or draw or sculpt you give a piece of yourself in your design, but you also receive something back. The joy when you see a piece of design made is indescribable. It is pure happiness. And it`s worth the hassle and all the lost nerves. There are no big reasons for why we do the things we do. One designer once told me “I just make things beautiful, I don`t know how to do anything else…” I guess that`s the best reason for creating a design. To give just a little beauty back to the world!!
See you next time! Bye!

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