Quality

Quality

Designing is a very personal object in my mind. It’s a personal place where only I can go and see what I see. For that reason, it is a very private space for me. However my greatest influence as a designer was from a painting teacher I had in college. He was a renaissance man — part painter, part engineer, part architect, educator, philosopher. He inspired me to want to be like Leonardo da Vinci, a more holistic and well rounded artist, by keeping up with current trends in life, technology, the arts, food. The main idea he imparted to me was

“Never design a painting the same way twice.”

I took this advice to a multiplicity of problems throughout my life. Whether its a business problem, a lesson plan, a recipe I’ve made hundreds of times, or a garment I am designing. I always try to think of another way to start so the results always surprise me. By following this method I never know how something is going to go, or look, until its finished because the journey becomes more important than the sum of its parts. Ever since I can remember, design has influenced me in many ways — one is through the theory of reciprocity. Meaning I see or learn something somewhere and I see how to apply or move it elsewhere. For example the sounds that a guitar lick might make, or a great New Orleans jazz solo gives me a rhythm and harmony that I begin to see and feel in the project I am working on. I am influenced by my environment, by my muses. I spend a lot of time outside walking my dogs in all seasons, but as I walk I see how the sky meets the horizon. The sunrise. The sunset. Cloud formations, colors… each of these elements of color and shapes, values deeply affect me and the outcome of my designs. Telephone and electrical wires as I drive along the highway have always been extremely inspirational to me. The shapes and the convergence of lines. The moving from one point to two point perspective as the car moves along the highway… these inspirations make for great design lines