Notice the CRUMBS; they’ll become something new.
Allay your concern about loss. Nothing ever is.
Fret not about FOREVER. You are living it.
Employ the vision of the inner eye.
What would you change?
What may be altered?
Frank Marvin Blasingame was a man of vision. He was an artist, a designer a mathematician. He began his career with a paint brush in hand and a view of himself as Dali. At some point in his unsuccessful career Frank mus have taken a good look at himself. Or not.
One day shortly after the end of WWII Frank rolled up hundreds of unsold canvasses, replaced them with large tablets of eggshell drawing paper and began to draw.
His initial drawings were on newsprint and for the first few weeks his studio on the island of Oahu began to fill up with piles of wadded up balls of paper. And then he stopped.
For several weeks Frank spent his days at the local library. What he studied is not known; what he began to draw would change; his drawings became oil on canvas.; the paintings were then mirrored by colorless carvings in teak and koa woods.
As a residential designer I am concerned with design. The client is concerned with décor.
As a designer I am concerned with continuity. The client is concerned with preserving and noting the identity of the family who will live there.
As a designer I want design to be the top priority. The client wants to be the top priority.
As a business man, if my business is to be a success, it must have clients. Those clients’ needs must be met. To meet the clients’ needs I must know a lot about these people whose needs are to be served.
I need to know how they live, what their hobbies are, their professions, their families, their pets, their possessions. I need to know how they view their possessions. Some people are all about nostalgia; others see possessions as an inventory of replaceable stuff. This is the most difficult part of cave design.
I read an article recently by a well-educated designer whose credentials would have made an interesting and rather lengthy post. Her topic was entitled “The differences Between an Interior Designer and an Interior Decorator”. The article was brief, the photography abundant and more telling than she. The only difference mentioned was that the Designer must have credentials. The Decorator need not be so endowed. And then I looked at the photography.
The lack of continuity was obvious.
Now there are some very famous and highly qualified designers whose knowledge of Stuff is impeccable and vast. I know one fellow for example, who spends much more time traveling, buying and shipping back container-loads of stuff than he does designing the multi-million dollar abodes that attend to the needs of his clientele. He can be in and out of a twelve thousand foot home in three weeks. Two weeks for the walls and floors, one week to point and say “Put it there.” Even the drawings and elevations are done by subordinates.
My point is that the difference between Only Decorating and Designingr is defined not by credentials but by knowledge. Talent helps but knowledge draws clients and those clients yet more clients. Yes, though the most essential part of design is continuity, the first priority of business is customers.
One priority need not conflict with the other.
Everything in the Universe is molded from the CRUMBS of something else.
Surely, this is the first rule of Creativity and Creativity must certainly be the first consideration in defining art.
When we live this Creative Experience, whether it be to suddenly hear the first words in a poem on its way into our reality or Miracle of Miracles, helping to form a new person, or stumbling through the agonizing pile of paperwork and interviews to adopt a child, the feeling that accompanies such Creative Endeavors is called LOVE.
The CRUMBS of the Past are the ingredients of the Present and the Memory of Ever.