"It's through mistakes that you actually can grow. You have to get bad in order to get good."
- Paula Scher
This is going to be the best seven days of this calendar year yet. Let's all take a moment and disregard the craziness that "Mercury in Retrograde" has recently set upon us, and focus on the beauty and inspiration that is going to light up our coming days. Yes, I am talking about the combination of the start of Milan Design Week and the celebration of #NationalPetDay! For those of you that know me best, you can attest that design is at the very top of my list of loves, but my passion for animals (particularly my cat, Lola) is a close second.
One of the many benefits of being an owner of an architecture and design firm is traveling to various conferences throughout the country, and checking out what is the latest and greatest products currently on the market.My creative agency, Bar Napkin Productions in Phoenix, Arizona focuses on architecture, design, and branding in the hospitality industry. So, we are always eager to find new products that will not just knock our socks off, but that can also be incorporated into our upcoming projects.
Expressing yourself through sculpture is just like any other kind of art form. The only difference is that sculpting is a 3D dimensional art form compared to the likes of painting or drawing. In addition, there is an architectural element to sculpting which makes me appreciate the process and final product even more. When I first learned about Barbara Nanning I was immediately inspired with how she was able to perfect the craft of combining tradition and innovation.
It is easy to assume that people who work in the creative industry have an easy time getting inspired. The truth is that the majority of us understand that creativity requires some kind of spark of light or an ah-ha moment that gets us excited. And, when we get excited, we get productive (and may I even say provocative?). It is that simple. Being provocative is a balance between relatable, even identifiable, but with a later of edge and suggestion.