Dear Rachel #3

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I’m still very much finding this independent study thing to be really difficult to maintain. Not so much the research and planning part, because I’ve definitely gotten that down 100%. What I’m finding really difficult is starting to actually print and get a collection going. One of the big reasons I may be struggling so much at this point is because I have spent such a long time fleshing out my ideas, and the thought of these ideas not working out in the ways that I want them to is frustrating. It also might be trying to figure out scheduling. I thought this semester was going to be easy, giving me a lot of time to devote to getting this independent study to be as

It also might be trying to figure out scheduling. I thought this semester was going to be easy, giving me a lot of time to devote to getting this independent study to be as amazing as I have it mapped out in my head. However, I keep finding myself saying yes to volunteer projects and extra tutoring hours and all these things without even realizing that I’m still in college now. Because of this, I find myself often overcome with a lot of anxiety when I think about everything that I want and have to get completed for this. In order to help combat that I sat down today and physically wrote down in my bullet journal the days and times that I’m going to dedicate to working in the studio away from my computer. It’s easy to sit down and look up research, but I’ve done all the preliminary research that I need to, so I really have no excuses for not getting into the studio and printing away.

However, I will say that I’ve come across some really interesting articles. I had an idea one night of making the design on one of my boxes to be the actual laws/legislations in China that dictate the testing of animals is required in order to sell products in the country. By looking up these laws, I’ve encountered so many interesting articles about efforts set forth to try and change these laws, along with what larger companies are doing to help clean up the supply chains of cosmetics in general. I’m excited to post about these because I think some of these points aren’t talked about as heavily when it comes to cruelty-free products. That being said, I am going to push myself to step away from my computer for the time being for this course and spend it in the studio like I keep telling myself I’m going to do.

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