When I first started this blog it was done for the purpose of a self promotion module. I made a blog, updated it for three months, it got marked and that was the end of it. Except it wasn’t. Because this blog and following medias such as Twitter, Pinterest, etc have given me quite a lot of exposure. I’ve been in print, I’ve had my work printed on cushions and I’ve been lucky enough to converse with some highly regarded designers, a lot of which are now my friends. And this is all outside of school.
When I started this blog it was mainly an inspiration blog. I chose to write under by garlands because it speaks volumes and it departs the brand away from the person. At the time all of my peers were branding their blogs on their name so I took inspiration from byhanna and Birdy and Me. Garlands can’t be anything: flowers, pictures, paintings and that’s what my blog was. A little bit of my own work with some inspiration, fashion, even some music. Fast forward a few years and now this blog is about me. It has to be. May will mark the first time I’ve not been in education since I was four years old. That is twenty years. Twenty years of learning. And whilst I am interesting in knowing what is on the other side, for the most part I am very frightened mainly because the probable reality is me holding down a few bar jobs, spending every other minute of my free time working up patterns or illustrations to send off to agencies after applying for job after job after job. Because I haven’t got what is required in this industry: 1-3 years experience. If having this blog has taught me one thing, it’s the reality of licensing and freelance being that for a great portion of the time, people who want your designs will e-mail you and never get back to you. Because you’re one of hundreds they’ve e-mailed and I don’t know, maybe your designs weren’t good enough or maybe you just didn’t reply to the e-mail fast enough.
The reason this all comes now is simply this: I walked past a shop window with my friend a few weeks ago and it was a sweet little shop, all white inside selling prints and cards and wraps and she said “I can see you having something like this”. And that is REALLY what I want! I want to be able to draw and license and sell and have a studio in Shoreditch or Bethnal Green with all the other art freaks and then license abroad and travel and take my macbook with me and just draw and produce. Now I’m getting carried away, but I don’t know how to do anything else. I’m not good at anything else. As Andy Warhol said, “I do art because I’m ugly and there is nothing else for me to do”.
So I guess what I’m asking is what do my drawings, illustrations and patterns say to you? Is it surface design? Or is it illustration? Should it be Charlotte Langstroth design? Or Charlotte Langstroth Illustration? Do you see them on wallpapers, interiors, upholstery or scattered on the pages of books or magazines? Is dropping the brand name and focusing on my own name a good step forward? Basically any advice you could give me would be so much appreciated. Whether I’m just on your blog reads, or you’re also a soon-to-be/current graduate or if you’re already branded or represented in any way. Help a very frightened, soon to be graduate.
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With love xo