Decor8 had a series of posts a few weeks ago of interviews with some entrepreneurs who have managed to find their way and carve out niches in the wide world of design and craft. For me it’s encouraging to read about the different ways people end up where they are – some who tried out different things, and some fell into their creative endeavors after a long time spent in a completely different field, and some who subsidize their day-to-day jobs with creative endeavors in their “off-hours.”
There are 7 interviews:
I love the design world, and I’ve been trying to hone in on what it is that I like the best about it, and in which aspects I might have (or could develop) some talent. I like pattern, paper, textiles, and printing, and am trying to figure out where I can be unique within those boundaries. At the same time, though, I have some guilt about waste and promoting consumerism, so how to rectify that? Would I be happy to just do it as a side hobby, or would I start to hate ANYTHING once it becomes something I HAVE to do? I feel like I’ve been batting around these questions forever (don’t most of us?) -- the answer is there somewhere…
Or maybe this is the answer: on a different note, and also a topic I find intriguing, Ethan Brook over at the Epicurious blog has started writing a series on How to Become a Farmer . I'm enjoying these articles. The preconceived notion is that farming is a simpler life, although it’s clear this isn’t the case. Besides the fact that farming itself takes a lot of work, a lot of people also maintain full-time jobs outside of their farm life. Okay, so I’m pretty darn sure I’m not going to all-out go and start a farm anyways, but I do hope one day to have some property where I can raise a few animals, grow some vegetables, and maybe even have a hammock (all it takes it TWO trees.).We'll now return to our regularly scheduled pondering... now.