Archive for May, 2009

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Hello, again.

May 22, 2009

As it turns out, writing a blog while trying to finish up one’s BFA is a surefire recipe to have a blog with 6 months of no posts.  I am not sure what writing a blog while on the job hunt will bring, but I am optimistic about actually having the time to read and write again.

It is official.  I am the proud owner of a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design, and I have been since March 26th.  Next week it will be 2 months since graduation.  My last two quarters at school were spent completing gen-ed requirements.  As a result, it has been more than 6 months since I have spent any real amount of time working on a design project.  I am beginning to understand what an amputee must feel with a “phantom itch” that cannot be scratched.  A part of my person is missing.

Sure, I have worked on a few small personal projects, from creating a 3d rendering of one of the spaces I designed in school to designing a shelving unit.  But these do not completely satisfy.  I am realizing that at heart, I am a builder.  I want to bring into existence the things I create, not leave them as an abstract concept relegated to a two-dimensional graveyard.

To this end, I am actively searching for work.  In the months since graduation, I have visited 60 different architecture firms, and have heard 59 different versions of “We’re not hiring right now”.  The one exception is an architect who interviewed me, but is waiting to hear about some new work before he decides whether or not to acquire more help.  This is very encouraging, but I still want to be designing, not waiting.

I don’t want to merely complain about my situation.  I have learned a lot about myself in this time.  I now know that no matter the situation, I must have a creative outlet.  I now know that I must be on guard against the inclination to laziness.  I now know that work is a God-given blessing, not a curse or simply a “necessary evil”.  For these lessons, I would go through this time again and again.