It’s been a great two weeks for me. Between the excitement of getting tickets to San Diego Comic Con (it only took three years of trying and forcing my boyfriend to get up early with me on a saturday), designing 2 ebooks from scratch, working on two books that feature adorable dogs, and finishing 8 other ebooks I’m a pretty happy camper. It’s been an amazing 3 months at Chronicle Books so far and they have simply flown by! Chronicle has also had an interesting effect on my personal creativity which has, to put it mildly, burst into overdrive. I have so much contact with brilliant designers and production folks that I can’t help but feel inspired and it all started with a desk.
I have a nice desk, spacious, plenty of drawers and little “cubbies” (think your kindergarten cubby) and to top it off it’s in one of the most well-lit corners of the building. There was only one problem, the nice jersey lined back panel and side panel (above) which had looked like the perfect place the pin things up, well it wasn’t. The plushy looking panels were actually stretched thin over rounded metal panels, making it next to impossible to push any kind of pin through the oh-so-inviting fabric. Well, I simply couldn’t accept that outcome.
In dreaming up alternate methods of pinning things up I thought of the French Bulletin Board. My mother, once a Parisian au pair of sorts and lover of all things French had had a few around the house while I was growing up (and still does- one is in my old room in fact) and I’d always liked the concept of it. So when faced with the dilemma of how to make notes stick to things it seemed like a logical choice. But how to make the ribbons stick? On a whim I purchased some straight pins used for sewing (ones with a round pearl cap so they’d look a little decorative) and some ribbon. That was it, that was all I needed. I pushed the pins straight down inside the thin fabric, first going in one direction, then the other, pinning the ends of the ribbon along the edge. 15-20 minutes later I had my very own office-style French Bulletin Board. But just to satisfy my need for cork (I love cork boards, one finds it’s way into everyone of my apartments). I picked up that nifty little cork board desk caddy on Amazon and some adorable fabric push-pins from Paper-Source.
I loved the end product and just like that I remembered how delightfully rewarding it was to be creative. Since then I’ve opened an Etsy Shop selling postcards (soon to offer fabric goods, yay!), made cloth resumes, decorated my home office (pictures to come) and learned to crochet (I’m making a ridiculous 8-bit Pikachu afghan). I guess the point is, you never know when inspiration will strike, take it and run! Why not after all?
Ps- If you’d like a little taste of Chronicle’s office atmosphere yourself, today is the last day to apply for their Design Fellowships! Hop to it! (And while you’re there enjoy the lovely redesign I did!)