Discovery: Embracing the Change

Have you ever rediscovered someone’s work after months and months of accidental forgetfulness?

Well, that very thing just happened to me. And I am so glad it did. A week or so ago, I received a random (and lovely) tweet from Susie Ghahremani from Boy Girl Party, and I was instantly reminded of how much I love her work. I should mention, I have been a huge fan of Susie’s for the last two years (at least); but for some reason, I hadn’t visited her shop or site in quite a while. So, I quickly headed over, and that memory I had of her work came rushing back to me.

After seeing the newer pieces available in her shop, I went back to view some of her older work and began to notice the subtle differences and changes in her paintings since I had last seen them. Now, if you are familiar with Susie’s work, than you know that her paintings and illustrations are distinct and immediately recognizable. But like anyone who continually works at their craft, the work changes overtime. I recognized the shapes, colors, and patterns that I remembered from years ago, but the way everything was put together felt a tiny bit different. Stronger as a whole. Even better than before.

And it made me think. As an artist, or maker of any kind, your work is constantly changing because you are constantly changing. Each one of us experiences new things, gains new knowledge, and finds new inspirations in the world, just from going about our daily lives. And when you get back home to your cozy workspace, those events that happened earlier in the day and the discoveries that you’ve made (big or small), affect not just you but your work as well.

I mean, it makes sense doesn’t it? If you have a connection with the work that you do, the things that you create, than it will naturally evolve as you do. Elevate overtime as you (hopefully) do.

Because discovery is a part of creating. Whether you are making a pillow or a work of art, it really is all the same at the core: you make something, you learn something, you get better, you repeat the process. Each time a new piece is created, some discovery is made… “Next time I should do this or that” or “Now that I have the hang of this, I am going to try to add that into the mix“. Eventually these tiny discoveries lead to something bigger: an evolution of sorts. And those once microscopic discoveries are not so microscopic anymore.

What discoveries have you made lately?

artwork above by Susie Ghahremani

7 thoughts on “Discovery: Embracing the Change

  1. Totally, a creative life is a constant evolution! Because we’re in the business/life mode of creating, we can’t help but create new ways of creating. I’m always surprised when I go back and look at an older piece or even at the quality of a photo I took of an older piece and see the different skill level, different color palette. Even all the small changes that get made to my website, or the descriptions I write for my work add up to an immensity in a short amount of time. Which is encouraging, because if I’ve gotten to here from there in the space of a year, just imagine where I’ll be by next year 😉

    Susie’s work is lovely, thanks for sharing with us. :)

  2. Thank you Rachel. And Jenny, I couldn’t agree more! I have experienced that very thing with my own work. At the time I thought, wow this is great! And then when I look back now six months or a year later I realize how much better I’ve become. Skill wise. Thanks for sharing your story!
    -Brittni

  3. Yes!!! And if that didn’t happen, I think I’d stop creating because it isn’t simply about the end product. Even if a piece is completed it doesn’t really feel like an end for me.

  4. Progression, evolution, is an aspect of making that I value. I see how professors, my travels and changing interests have shaped what I am doing. I have held on to key points and let go of others. Right now the biggest shift I am making is to allow for a broader conversation, one that moves beyond the niche of surfing culture.

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