Thursday, 25 October 2012

#53 The End

This is the end, my friends. I can't believe that it's been a year since I started this project. What a journey! I can honestly say that I loved almost every moment of it, and I'm not going to deny that sometimes it was a lot of self imposed pressure but that was the point: commitment, discipline and to prove myself that I can do it!
Also I learned a lot about myself, about just doing my own thing and stop worrying about what other people might think about my work. I also learned that sometimes I cracked under pressure (specially when not inspired at all!), but that also my most creative job was done under that same pressure.
Something that I didn't have in mind when thought of this project was that the texts would be so vital, somehow some of them took the prime spot, and it's ok, I really enjoyed writing them (another creative side to explore!).
Lots of thanks to all my friends and family that supported me during this year, your words of encouragement were an inspiration and, of course, it's also nice to know that someone out there likes what I do! 
And as I said in the beginning of this blog, I will keep searching ways to express what I have inside, so next year, I will test the waters with interior design, and you never know, another blog may come this way...

Up there it's me, wearing my own designs! How very fashionable of me!
Down here, also me, in real life.

 Goodbye, Opy out.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

#52 The Little Fox

Soon I will be having a brand new nephew in my life, and don't want to leave him out of my patterns just because he won't be born before the project finale next week. 
And so this little fox is for you Julian... the fox is my favourite character from The Little Prince for he teaches the Prince the most important lesson in the book. The fox meets the Prince when the latter is disappointed and lonely. He has just seen the garden of roses and realized that his flower is common, not unique and valuable as he had imagined. The fox, however, teaches the Prince that one cannot judge another by seeing with the eyes; instead, one has to see and judge with the heart. As a result, the Little Prince realizes that his flower is really very special, for he has loved and cared for it. Also the fox asks the Little Prince to “tame” him. He explains that one is tamed by being loved and valued. Since the Prince invests time and energy into the fox, the animal does become tame, and a close friendship develops between the two of them. The Little Prince always remembers the teachings of the fox, who proves that he is wise indeed.

“Goodbye,” said the fox. “And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” 
“What is essential is invisible to the eye,” the little prince repeated, so that he would be sure to remember.

Until next week, the last week of this project! Opy x

Sunday, 14 October 2012

#51 Solitaire

Cherish your solitude. Take trains by yourself to places you have never been. Sleep out alone under the stars. Learn how to drive a stick shift. Go so far away that you stop being afraid of not coming back. Say no when you don’t want to do something. Say yes if your instincts are strong, even if everyone around you disagrees. Decide whether you want to be liked or admired. Decide if fitting in is more important than finding out what you’re doing here. Believe in kissing.

I found this quote while researching for the word solitude, it's by Eve Ensler, a playwright and feminist activist best known for the play The Vagina Monologues. Good, isn't it?

Sunday, 7 October 2012

#50 Aiming high, high like a giraffe!

Honestly, most of my life I had aimed highish, I'd like to think as myself as a down to earth person, however as I grow older, my aims are becoming higher, because I realise, of course, that the rewards are even higher, as I'm learning to appreciate all aspects of an outcome, whether is what I had in mind or not; proof of that is this project, and as the end approaches, the higher I reach the higher I feel.
Opy x