This year is like no other year before it, I’m really looking forward to a nice Spring and Summer here in the UK...and the signs are there that it might just be a nice warm season this year even if it’s taken a while to notice…. seasons are just not that predictable anymore.
Another reason why I’m really excited about a change of weather is because Spring is the time of bloom and before I ventured into pattern design, I never really stopped to appreciate its beauty. Even if I’m not much of a “floralist” when it comes to my design preference, I do love a well executed, joyous and well laid out floral designs. This style really pushes you to observe and interpret nature as you photograph and draw floral motifs. There are just so many ways of rendering a flower that even if it’s the same type of flower you’re working with e.g. a rose, it never gets boring!
For me this is the biggest challenge right now as I’m totally in my comfort zone with my geometrics and abstract designs so I have to force myself to adopt a fresh new perspective in my practice working with florals. Is is an integral part of textile/surface pattern design after all so ignoring this market isn’t a wise choice for any designer.
Here are snippets of some initial designs I’ve made after taking the plunge...
Something that’s really helped is getting out there and seeing first hand what nature has to offer me. So as the weather’s been a lot more stable here in London getting closer to Summer, I’ve retained a healthy routine of incorporating 1-2 hours walking in my day - usually between 2 and 4 or 4 to 6 pm. It’s something I got started in Spain during my workcation (see older blog entry) as a way of orientating myself in the places I was visiting.
Now it serves the purpose of getting away from my computer, taking good exercise, listening to interesting, educational and inspirational podcasts and taking photos of flowers...3 in one!
Once you’re freelancing, you are your own boss when it comes to time management and how productive you are...just showing up at your desk doesn’t guarantee you’ll get a pay cheque that month like in a regular job! Thus, maintaining a healthy balance and making the most of a sunny day’s afternoon is one of my favourite perks of the job right now. Let’s keep it that way!
A visit to the Textile Design Museum recently, also invigorated my desire to tackle florals. This exhibition was so inspirational as Joseph Frank is really a master craftsman in this field as well as a great painter.
I’m really interested in knowing what people’s routines are like at the moment. Do you think it’s important to schedule your day with precision and time management tools? I must say I do help myself for this with technology plus I’m really a routines person so I do get most out of a project when I know what I’m doing day to day hour by hour pretty much.