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Making myself feel like me

M is on vacation in the Land of the Scots, but she left us a complete post before she jetted off. Check out some of her beautiful work for a poster show in New London, CT below!

Life is busy, complicated and stressful. When I was younger I’m not really sure that I expected adult life to be quite this full of tasks that aren’t entirely rewarding. One has to make sure that after the day is done, work is completed, dinner is made and laundry folded that you still remember the activities that make you feel like yourself.

My close friend Patti asked me to participate in the Hang in There Poster Show that she’s running in New London at the Hygienic Art Gallery. My reaction in the past would have been to think, “Oh boy just what I need. To do extracurricular work. I barely have enough time to work out.” I decided to actually commit to doing it. To do something to remind myself why I even chose to be a designer in the first place. To do a project without a brief or a client. After all I chose to be a designer because its what makes me in fact me right? Sometimes when one works day in day out it’s easy to forget the answer to that question.

I began the entire process of participating actually being significantly stressed. When asked to do something without a specific need or instruction I realized I didn’t actually know what to do. It ended up taking several weeks of serious thought and a couple evenings of thinking, “Hhhmm maybe if I email Patti that I changed my mind she won’t mind.” Then it turned into a challenge.

Now the end product that I finished with is far from perfect. In fact I still feel it could have used some work. But for a first step in bringing creativity back into my life I think its an accomplishment.

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