So this is it for now. My Last Post on Design Wonderland. But you can find me here at Plume & Hook. It’s where I make things.
For months I have been trying to decide what to do with Design Wonderland. Do I keep it up and running or do I retire it altogether? I have decided to retire it. Actually, retire is the wrong word.
When I moved to NYC 2 years ago, I figured that the blog would go with me unchanged or better yet more exciting. However, when I tried to stake my claim in the city, I slowly began realize that I felt disconnected to something that once brought me a LOT of joy. It felt like a burden to disclose my every whim and discovery as I was also rediscovering myself as both a designer and a person in my new adopted. Suddenly, I needed to become more private; A blogger recluse if you will. I was becoming NYC Jessica rather than DC Jess. That transition though very exciting was also kinda painful. I had to learn to let go.
I also struggled a bit as a creative and an artist. Who was I now? Am I creative or corporate? Am I still a designer or something else. Can I be an artist too? Guess what? The answer was yes to all of those questions. But the answer was not easy to come by. In fact the answer came recently after a lot of soul searching. Soul search by way of outreach and reflection. I became a mentor to a design student. I decided to volunteer. I encouraged my friends to live their dreams and I tried to connect as many people as I could to help them. I walked through some nature, went to a museum or two. I called it Church and found the spirit. I talked to someone. Someone talked to me. I lived alone in singleness and I loved it. No really I loved it. I crocheted. I wrote. I took on some lettering work (not calligraphy) for a wedding. Then another wedding came my way with more design involved. Handwriting, drawing and paper cutting are lucrative sometimes.
Most importantly, I made things again. I was an artist/maker/designer who found her voice again.
Indeed, Me as Maker could still live in my wonderland. However, this island on the interwebs began to feel like a snow globe of pretty, perfect things and I felt trapped in a world of my own making.
So I’m busting out of this place. I’m creating a new world that seems more authentic to the person I am now. Plume and Hook is celebration of my power tools, my Pen and my crochet hook. It’s about love, life and what I made. It’s about me now and my own evolution as a designer/maker. But It’s not the daily diary Design Wonderland once was. Do you know why? Because thoughtful, good design, though fast paced and messy, can’t always happen when you don’t have a chance to process the inspiration you see on a daily basis. I’m a designer and sometimes a writer but I’m not a journalist.
Plume & Hook will be pretty and there will be design, but most importantly there will be honesty and heart. That’s what matters most to me a this moment.
Thank you for reading through the years. Design Wonderland will still remain up for the forseeable future as many have shared that it is a great design resource for them.