Sometimes something happens right when you REALLY need it! I often talk about how being in the business of surface design is like a rollercoaster ride. Many times this rollercoaster ride seems to have more nosedives than blastoffs! Those nosedives? They are usually provoked by that “evil little inner voice” that likes to compare my work to others and tell me “you’ll never amount to anything”. Most days I can push this “voice” aside, not listen and not buy into it, but some days it gets hold of me and pulls me down that rabbit hole. Ugh, if any of you have this issue, you know the place I am talking about. It’s a dark, ugly space where creative juices dry up and optimism is unheard of. You know that song by Sam Phillips, “Where the Colors Don’t Go”? well, her lyrics explain it all. Nothing grows there, especially color!
So getting on with my story, and it’s a very good one! Two weeks ago I did a little four question “e-mail interview” with a lovely woman named Rose that works with the “On The Surface” (SURTEX) E- Newsletter. You probably remember I exhibited at SURTEX 2016, last May. This e-mail popped into my inbox (which usually I tend to delete even before reading because I think it may be junk from an on-line marketer trying to sell their services), but this time I opened and read it. Thank goodness I did. This was JUST WHAT I NEEDED, JUST WHEN I NEEDED IT!
This e-mail was from a lovely person by the name of Rose Gilbert. She had questions as to what I did last summer, how my summer inspired my creativity and about life after SURTEX. At the time, I answered the questions attached some artwork, as they requested and sent it immediately back, thinking “this may end up being nothing, but who knows” and I totally forgot about it!!!!
A few days ago, to my surprise, and in a slump, a newsletter popped into my inbox from “On The Surface”, the e-newsletter from SURTEX. I scanned through it, completely forgetting about the interview I did and all of a sudden I saw my face! OMG! I didn’t even read it, I handed my phone over to my husband and he started to read it to me! To say that I was shocked, was an understatement. I really did forget about it. Rose made me sound so much more like an artist (and a grown-up) than I view myself to be! Below you can read part of the SURTEX e-newsletter!
When you head over to the SURTEX website, there doesn’t seem to be a place to access this particular newsletter. You will find older newsletters there, but not this one for some reason. I am not sure why, but I am sure many, many attendees and exhibitors received this e-newsletter edition in their mailbox, just as I did.
So I guess you can say I am on the upswing of the rollercoaster ride. I know it won’t last forever, but I am going to enjoy this feeling for a little while before it’s time to experience the next dip.
Have a great week everyone!