Tessa Farmer is a London artist who creates fanciful sculptures and hanging installations from insect carcasses, taxidermy, plant and other scavenged materials. She carefully crafts tiny skeletal fairies from these insect remains and places them in epic battle scenes with other creatures of nature. (See more on my blog!)
Anonymous asked: I'm constantly feeling like shit about my design work and as a result I feel like I'm putting out shit work. I'm really hard on myself I know I can do good work but its just not happening. I feel like my insecurities are not only very discouraging but holding me back from my real potential! :( have you ever felt like this? Any suggestions on what to do/ how to redirect my thinking before I totally loose faith on my projects and myself?!
News flash: every designer feels like shit about their work. That’s what spurs us on to do better every time. I don’t think I’ve ever been 100% pleased with anything I’ve ever created. It can always be better. But part of being a designer is knowing when enough is enough and you’ve successfully created a solution (even if you don’t love the way it looks).
I’m assuming your discouragement is likely coming from comparison. Children don’t look at their scribbled drawings and criticize how it could be better. They just love drawing and aren’t comparing their scribbles to the child next to them. Later on, we start looking at what everyone else is doing and suddenly our scribbles don’t look so great and suddenly we don’t even want to draw anymore. Comparison not only stifles your creativity, but it robs you of the joy of creating.
Stop fussing over perfection and just keep creating. Stop comparing and keep creating.
Lindsey Carr is a phenomenal artist from Scottland who paints beautiful scenes of flora and fauna reminiscent of Chinese screen paintings and 19th century naturalist illustrations. Her works often feature creatures entangled in florals and bursting with birds and butterflies. (See more on my blog!)
Summer is fast approaching, which means I’m about to get real comfortable living in the same tank top every single day. I don’t know about you, but I’m overcome with a complete lack of fashion motivation when the heat takes over. If I’m sweating in the morning, the last thing I care to do is riffle through my closet for an outfit. That’s why I usually create an arsenal of go-to summer getups I rotate during the weeks. But wearing the same few things over and over again all throughout summer can start to get boring. I know Dave gets tired of seeing me in the same cotton floral dresses, so I trick him into thinking I’ve changed. ;) By accessorizing! Yep. Check out my blog to see how I’ve managed to get away with wearing this tank top three times this week.
I have the best friends ever! My girl Danielle found this and put it on hold for me at our favorite antique shop in San Diego. I have an addiction to cased butterfly specimen and snatch them up any time I come across ones at thrift stores, swap meets, and antique malls. Most of my butterflies are in boxed cases, so this lovely convex glass circle frame was a unique addition to my collection. And for only $12! Gotta love a beautiful bargain! (See more on my blog!)
Anonymous asked: When you design a website what programs do you use?
I design in Photoshop, then code by hand. When I was working on a PC, I used to simply write my code in a Notepad document. But when I switched to Mac (which are a little less developer friendly), and TextEdit messed up a few of my documents, I just started hand-coding in Dreamweaver.