What is so strange is that I do really take my 17 year old daughters' opinion into account. Well, at least I used to. When she was young she LOVED my flower additions and added sparkles and ruffles. Now that she is all grown up (HA!) her taste has taken a turn towards the austere and conservative. (I do sometimes wonder if she really is my daughter!) She sometimes looks at my creations and after a little pause will say something like, "sure" and then smile at me. I guess at least she is trying to be supportive.
But she has made me stop and think about what I am creating and who I am creating it for. After all if I am doing all this to start a business I need to appeal to some segment of society and they need to want to purchase my creations. OR, do I follow my heart and create for me, designing pieces that I love hoping that others will love them too. I waver between the two and even though one does need money I am not motivated by money and the time and effort that I spend designing I feel compelled to do whether or not there will be a monetary reward. Sometimes I wish I were a little more pragmatic about what I do but there it is. This is my art so I believe I will continue doing things my way, in my voice, and hopefully growing as a designer. There was something I read in a book once that asked for each action that you either do or do not take, to imagine yourself on your deathbed. How would you evaluate that action under that circumstance? For myself, I always come to the conclusion that there is just no reason not to do something mostly because I feel that fear is the major factor in why we leave things undone in our lives. I want to be fearless and create from my heart because that is what will truly make me happy and yes maybe poor (not so happy) but what are we on this planet for for such a short time if not to be happy?! And we all know we can't take it with us :)
Putting it all out there,
5 foot 5' 3/4" (although I am now probably 5'5")