Lookin' on the bright side of life, one sign at a time
To go through the dark you have to see the light. If you want to find a four leaf clover you gotta get some dirt on your hands. When life hands you lemons you make lemonade... The list goes on but if you want to see a silver lining you have to have a cloudy day. (Thanks to my ladies Kasey Musgraves and Beyonce for those nuggets)
Right now, I’m in the midst of what feels like a big transition: from working full time at Whole Foods Market as a Sign-Maker and Chalk Artist for the flagship store located in downtown Austin to working on a freelance/contract basis part-time with a small local shop named Shelf Studio. I am finding myself feeling excited and thankful for the opportunities that have come my way but also struggling with the shift away from a familiar routine and structure.
I think now more than ever, we all need a reminder that sometimes we need to go through some bitter times to get to the better times. It may seem like there is no light at the end of the tunnel but there always is. There is a lot of division, hate, and anxiety circulating right now. I want to get involved in a way that is true to me. Even though it seems we have all stepped in a big ol' pile of shit that may or may not come off of our shoe - I have witnessed something beautiful happening in our community right now. We are all awakening, getting involved, thinking about something bigger than ourselves and I want to believe a renaissance is upon us…
This project for me is all about learning, letting go, being present and dealing with the challenges that come with transition.
Top five experiences that I applied from Whole Foods to Silver Signings:
1. Became a morning person
I had never been a morning person before and realized how amazing it can be to watch the sunrise while you make a pot of coffee and be up before the rest of the world.
2. I enjoy routine
I found it was really good for me to have a set time to work.
3. I'm tactile
I missed getting to make things with my hands almost daily and freeing myself from the slavery of a screen.
4. Trusting the creative process
I learned how to get the work done without over-analyzing the finished product.
5. Not being a creative clinger
Unlike most design jobs, we were working on projects that were more task based that we never got to revisit. It was amazing, things never got drug out, it was here today and gone tomorrow. I had to learn to let go and watch all my work get erased or destroyed soon after I completed it.
I recently took a 10 week online workshop called Passion to Paid with Lettering Artist Lauren Hom, where we learned about the power of side projects. I knew I wanted to get back into a routine of producing tactile work just for me. These were the main factors that drove me to want to pursue this side sign making project. I want to keep in touch with these things and know the only way I'm going to do it is if I wake up and start making.
For the next few months I’ll be lookin' on the bright side of life, one sign at a time.