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Something right

I haven't quite chosen any kind of official career path, and when people ask me what I do I never know what to call myself. Periods of satisfaction and happiness about what I do are regularly alternated with periods of doubt, in which I feel that all of this isn't really leading anywhere. Then all the good things that happened so far seem a stroke of luck that I don't know how to continue with.

I often experience such a period of doubt after I've been 'absent' for a while. I felt this way when I started working again after my maternity leave from Rosa, and now after this long period of Julie's maternity leave and the months in which we were busy moving house I feel it again. There's this mix of lots of ideas on the one hand yet on the other hand not knowing if they're good ones and how to get started with them. The feeling that I should improve and renew, invest or take big steps, but not exactly knowing how.

And then in the middle of such a period the most beautiful book arrives on my doorstep: Print & pattern kids, this huge and gorgeous children's print, pattern and illustration bible by Print & Pattern's Bowie Style. With some pages showing my designs inbetween pages featuring the work of illustration, print and design icons such as Alain Gree, Marimekko, Orla Kiely and Cath Kidston, and many other great designers and illustrators. Yikes! Must have done something right somehow ;).

The book is crazily inspiring, so many different styles of print and illustration, you just want to immediately grab your pencils and start drawing. I suppose that's a warning ;).


Trude on 2013-09-26 14:14

Wauw wat een gaaf boek en daarin jouw zeer mooie ontwerpen. Die spatten van het scherm af!


tina on 2013-09-27 15:25

I don't know you. And I guess I never realy comment here on your blog. But reading this post I feel like writing you, that you have been a huge inspiration for me! I adore your way of creativity - not only the things you make, but the whole touch you have on it. 

I'm looking so much forward seeing what your next steps will be.

Have a lovely day.


Flora on 2013-10-01 15:57

This strikes such a chord with me at the moment.  Up and down and all over the place as to whether I'm doing a good job or a bad job or any kind of job at all!  

But you're right, to look at the positives, and what has been achieved so far and ignore all those little voices in my head saying "What are you doing you silly girl?"  

Congratulations on the feature, your work looks wonderful in this book (which is on my wishlist).

Thank you Nina, your words and pictures are always a tonic :)

Nina on 2013-10-01 16:40

Thanks so much! ;)

Emily on 2013-10-16 11:48

Congratulations! That looks like such a treasure of a book, I have just ordered it from the library :)

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My name is Nina, I'm a ceramics and paperwares designer and mom of Rosa and Julie. This blog is about making, living, liking, loving and so much more!

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