Viable Part II

It’s always interesting to see what post brings a large amount of comments and what they are. My post on Monday brought in quite a few responses.

Words can be interrupted in so many ways, lots of you mentioned the word “ signature “, to me this speaks of a way of thinking, living your life, expressing yourself, and of course your style.  It doesn’t mean you always say, do or think the same thing every day.

Your style always gets filtered through your esthetic, your way of living, and even your politics. I am not who I was a year ago or 10 or 30 years ago. I still like roasted chicken and to play in the garden, but I am stripping moldings on a job today where I wouldn’t have a year ago. This is because as long as we are alive, curious, and keep absorbing we keep evolving.

I think that if you have a strong sense of your core and what you believe in, you tend to stay within certain principles whatever they may be. Personally I think that if you go against your principles you are doing an injustice to yourself and to your core.

When I was young I didn’t have a smidge of the experiences or the knowledge that I have now and when I look back at my work that I did 30 years ago I can see it lacked depth.  It was good at the time but it didn’t travel well. I think knowing more, experiencing more, and being much more open minded about different points of views, have made my work not get caught in particular a time slot.

I don’t know that I agree with all of the comments, but I certainly agree that unless we all communicate how we feel we stay isolated within our design community.

Thank you for the lively converstaion!

6 comments


  • Dawn

    Your comments about staying relevant resonated very strongly with me and I couldn’t pass up sharing the irony of my career path in response. After 35 years in luxury retail marketing, I was invited last year to speak on a panel at the Gemological Institute of America to their students and industry big wigs on… staying relevant. Then 6 months later, my position at a high-jewelry house was eliminated and staying relevant proved to be, well… irrelevant. However, everything I’ve been exposed to during those decades – the clients, the homes, the design talents – has culminated in finding a specialty niche in desiging prefabs. Left turn? Yep, but a long held passion for which there is a market not being fed. Exciting, but wildly challenging in terms of marketing myself. How is this relevant to your comments? Whether it’s high jewelry or mulit-million dollar interiors, continuing to offer what clients want while staying true to your philosophies is an ever evolving marketing process. So, what’s next… Can you say “app?”

    April 07, 2011
  • melissa lee

    IT’S TAKEN ME ALONG TIME BEING 43 TO COME BACK TO MY CORE, BUT IT HAS HELPED ME, HELP MY CLIENTS, TO COME BACK TO WHAT LIES DEEPLY WITHIN THEM…

    EACH PERSON HAS A DIFFERENT STARTING PLACE WITH THAT ISSUE BASED ON THEIR PAST…
    SO, IF ONE STRIVES FOR THE ANSWERS FROM THAT CORE PLACE THAT IS WITHIN THEM, THEY WILL HAVE MORE OF AN AUTHENTIC VOICE TO BRING TO ALL THEIR ARTISTIC AND HUMAN ENDEAVORS…

    XXOO
    MELISSA

    April 07, 2011
  • Gary Nelling

    It makes little more sense to me to say that Vicente Wolf’s (or John Saladino’s or Christian Liaigre’s) work has not evolved because you can recognize it in a magazine than to say that Bob Dylan’s, Diana Krall’s or Gillian Welch’s music has not evolved because you can recognize their voices. – Gary

    April 07, 2011
  • This is a question that really strikes me…as someone just starting out in the design field (and a little unconventionally at that), I wonder how you even become something other than what has gone before you? I am guilty of following the herd with design, yet as a fine art painter, there’s an innate creativity that just comes and I almost follow it. I follow others in design-it’s the only thing I have to launch off of. I love Vicente’s books. I can read them and see where he is trying to push his design…and I also recognize it whenever I see it. Where is the line between creativity and originality and serving your client’s wants? If only I could be a shadow and follow you in real life, Vicente!

    April 08, 2011
  • I love that you recognize the importance of constant evolution. It is my feeling that if we remain stagnant in who we are, and how we create, then we rob ourselves of further potential. As a young designer, it gives me great satisfaction in knowing that its OK that I’m a different designer than I was a year ago, that pieces I loved then, I’m not so sure about now. It fills me with excitement to know that in 30 years, life can be richer, fuller, deeper.

    April 10, 2011
  • Vicente, I’m glad to see so much of this post is not about design per se but about personal experiences, way of life. I think viability has everything to do with being true to yourself. Life is too short for anything else.

    April 11, 2011

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