When I started my journey to become a designer I had no experience from the design world at all. No design background, network or contacts and no renowned design education to lean back on or refer to. On top of everything I was turning forty, right in the middle of life and with an ongoing career in marketing. But I just new that I was on the wrong path. Somewhere along the way I had strayed from what I was supposed to do. All those circumstances mentioned made me think that doing something new with my life was impossible. But I was miserable at my boring, uninspiring office job, where I saw and reviewed all those creative agency peoples work instead of creating things myself.
Now it took a year of therapy, but eventually I realized that life’s too short to do something you don’t feel passionate about. I was working really hard with things I felt meaningless and sometimes even wrong and just couldn’t do it anymore. I had to do something that gave my life meaning.
This is what I am and I will make it work. I'm old and bold!
So I quit that job, despite all circumstances and impossibilities. I refused to let them hinder me. So what if I had no design background. Everybody starts from scratch anyway. So what I don’t have a fancy education. The world is filled with self-taught people. And so what if I’m forty. I’ll just use it as a strength instead. This is what I am and I will make it work. I’m old and bold!
About education though. You’re never too old to educate yourself. Now I don’t want to go back to university at this point, or spend a lot of money on on-line courses, but I do need to learn much more about pattern design. The more I do this, the more I understand that pattern making is a huge world of practice and principles. So I’ve decided to put together my own pattern education. Little at a time and see where it leads me. First I’m gonna start with learning about different types of classic pattern design. In no specific order, just what I feel like (ha, that’s the beauty of putting together your own education and driving your own business!).
The first pattern I’m going to learn more about is what is called Toile de Jouy and I’ll share what I’m learning in coming blog posts.