Thursday, 27 September 2007

Reflection & Revelations







I was cleaning out some files in my computer the other day when I stumbled across these old pictures of Black & Spiro. I must say it's interesting looking back at your own work. I'm almost embarrassed to show these images. As I looked through the photographs I started to think about my style and how it has evolved so much in the last couple of years. I can see in these pictures that I have never been afraid of bold colour and bold pattern but I think I may have been a little cautious with what I mixed together which I feel resulted in a safe and almost uninteresting look. Nowdays I find myself mixing so many different styles together to create my own personal look and I finally feel as though I know what I love and I know my direction. This is something that has taken me 13 years of experience to find and now on the eve of my 30th Birthday I can say to the world I feel that my designs have matured and I also feel that I am completely confident in my design choices and I am also completely in love with my design career - here's to the next 10 years which I hope will be filled to the brim with exciting opportunities and lots of passionate design!!!!

23 comments:

The Crafty Weasel said...

How Fabulous, Anna! Congratulations! As in everything, it is a learning curve - and you have done so well!
What a lovely facade for your shop - my husband and I will be in Brisbane next (USA) Summer, so your store is already in my Must-See list! :-)

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

That is the thing I am loving about getting older. It surprises me to say that, but I am enjoying getting older! I am now 40 (eek!) and I feel so much more confident than I did at 20, and even 30! I have experienced more of the world, read more, seen more, tried more, failed more, and landed on what works for me. And I think that is why I love being in interior design right now, because I feel I can offer a measure of confidence to someone else.

Best to you in the next ten years! Good post!

Leigh said...

I don't think you have anything to be embarrassed about here, but I think everyone feels that way about various things in their lives, weather it's their work or otherwise. Like looking at a high school photo, you know you loved that sweater and haircut then, but later you see how much you've changed and grown (hopefully into something better!).

Rick Lundy said...

Those are great images! I think part of the beauty about being a designer is watching how our tastes and talents evolve.

The Peak of Chic said...

Anna- The old photos look great, but I do think your design has definitely matured :) (As it does for all of us!)

Anna said...

Crafty - Thank you!! So excited that you may visit my shop soon! Do ask for me when you pop in!XXAnna

Anna said...

I am completely in agreement with you Melissa and even though I am still 30 I feel I have learnt so much in the last 10 years and I am so looking forward to learning so much more in the next 10 years! Thanks for your comment!
X
Anna

Anna said...

I agree with you too Leigh!!XXAnna

Anna said...

Definately Rick - as I said it was really interesting to look back on these images and to pick them to pieces!
X
Anna

Anna said...

Thank you so much Jennifer!! I'm so glad you think my style/designs have matured!!
XXX
Anna

Style Court said...

Ditto Jennifer! So cool that you shared this Anna. I get the sense that you're always evolving but there are core elements that have always been there, to me they just speak Anna :)

BTW: I have those same 3 turquoise ceramics!

Babelfish said...

How wonderful to have found these photos on the eve of your birthday, so happy to see that you have matured in your design decisions, here's to moving onwards and upwards, Congrats!

AnastasiaC said...

congratulations Anna - hope tommorow is a special day!!!
just wanted to tell you my issue of' Real Living' arrived in the mail today
and the article with pics about you is wonderful!!! congrats!!!

Anna said...

Thank you Courtney!

Anna said...

Thanks Babel & Anastasia - wow I haven't seen it yet!! I hope it's okay! I'll most probably get my copy next week. Thanks for letting me know.
X
Anna

Me, Myself, & I said...

Yes, isn't it interesting how we evolve. Thanks for sharing. I love your blog and hope to one day make it to your store.

bridalwishlist said...

growing older is a wonderful thing. it is so great to look back and see how much you have grown. happy birthday. here's to your continued success!

Kellie said...

Hey! I just wanted to stop by and tell you I love your blog! You have such great style.

And Happy birthday!

katiedid said...

Wow! You must have been young when you started! Happy birthday and I agrre, you have no reason for embarrassment. Your style is timeless!

Jackie Von Tobel said...

Dear Anna,
First of all let me say that you are already three steps ahead of the competition at the tender young age of 30. You are still a babe in swaddling clothes - I can say this as I am a more mature yet still hip 47! It is remarkable that a person of your tender age has explored the world of self examination and retrospection as you have. You posses a great sense of style and fabulous taste which will allow you to change and evolve over time. I can't wait to see what you can come up with ten years from now. Maybe you should make a time capsule!

Erin said...

Hi! I have been looking at your blog for almost a year now. You have such a great collection of ideas and photos, and I love how you give kudos to other designers. (You know, this can be a snooty profession.) As I writer, I know what it's like to look back and look critically at your past work. But I have never disliked anything you've ever designed. Congrats on your fabulous talent and best wishes for the future!

Erin Samiloglu
www.erinsamiloglu.com

PS I used to live in Australia. Melbourne, to be exact. Sometimes your blog makes me wish I was back.

patricia gray said...

Happy 30th Anna!!!!

Jessie said...

I love this post. I feel I am going the same way you are. As far as finding my own style, etc. I know I will look back on my work now, and think one day, "What the heck was I thinking!" :) I hope I make it as far as you have as a designer.