I have always liked weird things and weird people.
When I was young I wasn’t really aware that I was creative or that the things I liked weren’t what other “normal” kids my age liked. From 3 or 4 I know I collected and hoarded things obsessively. Flower petals, pollen, butterfly wings, seeds and cicada shells amongst the other more mainstream things that I think other kids collected too like stamps, seashells, coloured ribbons or buttons.
I always liked drawing and would fill up books of hand drawn house plans that I would draw after interviewing (probably harassing) people about what they wanted in their homes. I spent a lot of time writing poetry that my Pa thought me about and would draw pictures to go with the poems.
I would copy plants that I found in gardens and get attached to random objects found in op shops or markets that I would visit when travelling. My mother tells me I was “a prolific writer and collector from the day I was born” and finally I feel like I am putting all these undervalued childhood traits into my design work with afew “offbeat” design requests that I have been manifesting for some time now and that seem to have finally come to life.
What do you think.. Does the weird and wonderful appeal to you too or is this all too scary and outside the norm for your mind?
These are the spaces inspiring me this week. Most of the images are from a restaurant / bar in Detroit that has sadly now closed, the rest are just weird or wonderful things I have found while design browsing.
Indeed it does and we need more of it in the world.