Where to next for Alice?

alice2-300x300I have dedicated the past four years of my life to starting an interior design career but unfortunately my graduation coincided with a downturn in the industry. Right now I am unemployed [gasp!] and still living out of boxes in my parents’ spare room. I know some brilliant designers who have far more experience than I do who are also unable to find full time work, so I keep having to remind myself that it isn’t necessarily something terribly wrong with me.

I apologise for starting this post out on such a low note. Hopefully this picture of kitten in a boot will help lift the mood!

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photo by Eran Finkle

Ignoring the whole unemployment thing, my life right now is actually pretty great. Where did I get this silly idea that I needed to have everything in my life sorted before I turn 30 anyway? I have plans to live to 100 so that would leave 70 years of boredom.

really enjoy textile design and it is something that I have been giving a lot of thought to, especially over this year. I didn’t expect to be accepted into this competition, let alone to make it this far. It has been an incredible boost to my confidence and an invaluable learning experience. I need to do a lot more research, but right now textiles appears to me to be an industry where I could potentially start my own business. I’m not there yet, and frankly the idea completely terrifies me, but I am continuing to work at developing my skills, my understanding of the industry, and my own style.

Right now I am itching to explore hand printed fabrics as well as different digital printing techniques and fabrics. The materiality of an object is really important to me too and I am finding it frustrating only seeing my repeats on a computer screen. I want to experience how the colours might look on the fabric a variety of lighting, what the fabric might sound like when rubbed or scrunched, and how it might feel to touch.

Where will I be this time next year? I don’t know. Employed would be a brilliant start and even better if it is an interior or textile design role. All my belongings are packed away ready for an adventure, all I need to do now is find one or perhaps make my own.

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One comment on “Where to next for Alice?

  1. Jessica on said:

    Girl, I feel you! It’s rough out there! And teaching 30 without a career is scary! But we can do it. Hang in there and keep working. We’ll get there eventually!

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