Friday, May 15, 2009

Woah...what was I thinking?

This week I spent much of my time sorting through years of stuff. From Elementary school yearbooks to college papers, I revisited approximately the past 16 years of my life. Exhausting to say the least! When it came to sorting through my artwork from jr.high/highschool, my response was "woah...what was I thinking?"

As much as I laugh at this work, I'm reminded of the art teachers who have to put up with jr. and sr. high students. It was my high school art teacher who really encouraged me to pursue design as a profession. I really believe that if it wasn't for her push, these few works may have been my last....thankfully I listened -- ha!

(Art teacher: PhD. Mary Porter and Me after Commencement, June 2005)

Monday, May 11, 2009

Pursuing "the new" & Clinging to Consistency

I am an ecstatic owner of a brand new 2010 Mazda 3i Touring. Growing up I had a neighbor that drove a red Mazda Miata (2 seater, convertible). I was as envious as a child could be! As he would drive down the street, I would watch with amazement. I decided that when I grew up I would buy one. Well, as most of you know, this past weekend was graduation and the phrases "You're all grown up" and "Welcome to adulthood" were mentioned quite often. I took this as my cue...and family friends who are car salesmen helped too!

Graduation marked the first of many transitions to come in the next few months. Saturday I move into my summer apartment, Monday I start working at Miles Design, and in a few short months I get to marry my best friend. I'm finding that "growing up" can either be a stressful transition or one that is enjoyed and lived well. It's going to be a challenging transition as I relocate from where I grew up in Northeast Ohio to Indianapolis.

As I begin this new chapter of life, I'm reminded of an article I read on Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright believed that consistency was needed, but that consistency alone was not enough. Consistency must be joined with the new, for consistency alone would kill creativity. Although Wright may have been speaking to the underlying unity of his architecture, I believe this notion holds true to the necessity of transition. There is discovery and opportunities for learning that come with transition, or rather "the new". I am looking forward to pursuing "the new" while at the same time clinging to what is consistent for comfort and reassurance.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

" name is" Miles Style

Tonight Megan and I attended the Open House for Miles Design. Not only was the food delicious (Qdoba) and the work superb, but the name tags were incredibly entertaining! I wish I could remember what some of the others said...If I'm remembering correctly, one tag read "I'm only here for the beer".

I can't wait for May 18.

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2009 Art+Design Seniors

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Black Pleather = Power?

So I bought this great chair for only $15.00. When it comes to hand-me-down furniture, I'm always a little skeptical about the quality/oder, etc. but this chair is unbelievably odorless and clean -- no flaws -- and it makes me feel powerful when I sit in it...?

Megan and I decided a while back that our color pallet for our future living room would be black/white/khaki so I guess we're off to a
good start.

If you find yourself compelled to contribute, we are registered at Target, Crate & Barrel...and accept gift cards at IKEA. ha.
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