As I have journeyed down the path to discovering my style and aesthetic, one exercise that I recently did in my own home surprised me. On a bright sunny Saturday morning while still wearing my pj’s I walked around my house with my camera in hand. I cannot for the life of me now remember why I had my camera out but what I do know is that I was relaxed, calm and and content. I gave myself a casual assignment to take pictures of my favorite vignettes, textures and colors in my own home. I wandered room to room snapping only the things I loved even if it did not make sense to me intellectually. I had purchased a small sparkly bag months ago but couldn’t bring myself to put it away, I always my jewelry hanger etc.
What I realized when I downloaded the photos is that I had not taken one picture in my studio/office space. It is not because I didn’t enter this space with my camera. It was because I couldn’t find anything about it I absolutely loved. So I forced myself to take pictures of my office and I was really surprised. Laying it all out before me in the form of photography made it clear that my work space was not a reflection of what I really love.
This is only one of the investigative exercises that I have been trying out as a part of the course, I am putting together. I was a little surprised it was so clear. I remembered having to paint my office very quickly before new furniture came in. I gave myself about 10 minutes to pick a new paint color. As soon as I rolled the color on I knew it wasn’t right but I moved forward. When I started doing video I thought I needed bright colors to liven up the background. The only other bright color in my home are in the kitchen (where my brights happily belong.)
Not bad but not necessarily me.
Now I can plan an office re do slowly and more deliberately. I think I will wait until I finish more exercises that I am designing for this course first!
I would suggest you trying this exercise out yourself. It can be interesting to see what you have surrounded yourself with. It may prompt you to have a gargae sale, haha! It may give you great pleasure as well as decorating definition!