We are now well and truly into the new year, and although I haven’t quite kept up with all my resolutions, I’m working very hard at one in particular. You may or may not know that aside from this blog, I am a product and furniture designer. I graduated a couple of years ago, and since then I have been working freelance as well as pursuing some of my own design work. I can tell you it’s not an easy ride for anyone trying to make their way in the design world, jobs are few and far between and the competition is pretty tough. I’ve still not found that dream job, but I don’t think I’ll be giving up anytime soon.
When I finished my course it’s fair to say I was a bit naive about what it was to be a designer, I thought it was all sketching and prototyping – all the fun stuff basically – not really thinking about the bigger picture; how will you get things made, who will make them, how much will they cost, and then there’s all the logistics and admin to go with it. Please, don’t get me wrong, I love what I do – like I said I was naive, thinking it would be a hell of a lot easier than it is. Over the last two years I’ve learn’t a lot (with still more to learn) through the places I’ve worked and from the people I’ve worked with. I’ve travelled with work, met designers who’s work I love and have been involved in some really exciting projects – it’s been a great couple of years. What I’ve learnt most of all is that design isn’t just having an idea and realising it in to a final product, its all the leg work and hard graft that goes with it. Part of the reason I started Day Of Rest was because I needed my creative fix when things were a bit slow with my designing, and now the two seem to complement each other perfectly – the blog is my quick creative fix and the design is a little more long winded, but worth it.
For a while now I’ve been working on one of my designs, trying to get it into production and then to the shop floor. There’s been a lot of ups and downs, a lot of waiting and a lot of set backs, but things are finally starting to push forward. Everything is starting to come together, and with a little more nurturing and hard work, I think I will finally be able to get this show on the road! I don’t really want to give too much away, as its still on going and I don’t want to count my chickens before they’ve hatched. And I’m sure, once its finished I’ll be chomping at the bit to do a post on it, but you’ll just have to wait for now.
Anyway, the reason I’m rambling is that in order for me to finish the project, I need to give it as much attention and focus as possible. I’m very excited for what’s to come over the next couple of months but it’s going to be pretty busy. Unfortunately this does mean that I’m only going to be able to post once a week, on a Sunday, and for a while not Wednesdays too. I may sneak the odd mid week post in as and when I can, but now is the time for me to get my head down and get this finished – bear with me