Do What You Love.
This 3-part creative endeavor discusses the relationship between our identities and our life’s work.
Part 1: Enveloping Essay
A research-based essay builds the framework for the second and third parts. Drawing from interviews with notable designers as well as personal experiences around a university campus, this essay concludes that our life’s work is most fruitful and fulfilling when we involve our personal identities.
Part 2: My Story
A big book of personal reflection inhabits the envelope and guides readers through my past and present, noting fundamental experiences that ultimately led me to creative work. Sharing my story opens the door for others to share their stories as well.
Part 3: Chalkboard Pop-Up
The ultimate goal of this creative endeavor was to encourage others toward work that resonates with their inmost being. In Part 3, I hosted a Chalkboard Pop-Up that posed the question “What do you love?” inviting peers to share their passions. An accompanying handout summarized the project and ended with an appeal to “Do what you love.”
As a designer who loves physical materials and manufacturing functional pieces, I knew the output of this project needed to be not only designed, but constructed. Each part takes physical form to engage the audience in a tangible, content-driven experience; all three parts are handmade.