So much of the design process is spent on the client needs, the client likes/dislikes, the budget constraints, and so on. These products are born out of my own time and taste and inspirations, ready for anyone to call their own.
In the last year, I have partaken in "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up," otherwise known as the KonMari method. If you haven't heard of it, it involves categorically proceeding through everything you own, holding it within your hands as you ask yourself "Does this spark joy?" and if it absolutely does, you keep it. If it does not, or if you're unsure about it (which usually means that it does not), you thank it for its role in your life, and you donate, sell, or discard it.
Going through this process has been immensely transformational for my life. It has brought me to look at my possessions completely differently. I shop unlike I ever have before. When you realize, after going through every solitary item you own, what you don't love, you are left with only the ones you do, which thus creates an ever-present totem of sorts that allows you to definitively realize what you do and don't want taking up valuable space in your life (both tangibly and intangibly). When I did "the purge" as it is sometimes referred to, I learned that the items that consistently give me most joy are emblazoned in rich, saturated, life-giving colors. That's not to say it's the only style that gives me joy (I love my neutrals and naturals, too), but it does direct me to the things in the stores (and elsewhere in life) that will definitely spark something. This idea has charted a whole host of new philosophies for me (which I will save for another post at another time), but most importantly, they have helped shape what I do and do not want to create (when I can help it).
As a designer, I can create an endless amount of stuff for anyone. It's what we do. What I hope I can do is responsibly contribute beautiful design that delights and enriches people's lives. I learned that it is not possessions that are wrong, but our obsession with possessions. Our lack of regard for intention with possessions is irresponsible because it contributes to a disposable, wasteful society. I don't ever want to be obsessed with things, but I believe I should love them before I decide I want to keep them in my life.
Therefore, I am creating designs that I love and spark great joy that I or anyone else may purchase to feel the same things I do. And I do it and share this note with the hope that others may mindfully take into their home things that strike a real chord with them - not just because something is on sale, because they're bored, because they just want a new flavor of the week. That is what I am opposed to. If no one ever buys my design because it didn't spark joy in them, that would be wonderful news. I would rather a soul never purchase something I've made if it simply goes to waste, taking up meaningless air and space in the universe. But if the opposite is true, and someone takes my creation into their home with excitement and inspiration, then that is one of the happiest possible notions for me as a designer.
What I want is for people to be intentional with their belongings (and yes, I'd like people to be intentional about a lot of other things, but that is again, another post for another day). What I don't want is my efforts to contribute to the worst part of product consumerism – waste. So these are my seemingly roundabout attempts at helping that.
If you would like to (mindfully) purchase any of these items, you may do so here.