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