So what’s the design part of Designing Vegan? Well…in a former life, I was a graphic designer who also started into web design. Sadly, life as a designer never really formed into something resembling a career. I would never change anything though. I was fortunate to be able to go to a very acclaimed Columbus College of Art and Design right here in Columbus, Ohio. The years I spent there were probably the best in my life as far as being creatively and intellectually challenging. I was living, dreaming…breathing my passion and I never wanted it to end. I did so well in school and it’s still somewhat surprising to me that it never really became what I had envisioned. The few design jobs I had were wonderful however, I never really made enough money to support myself. Yes, images of the starving artist may be coming to you, but please do not be alarmed. I have never starved.
It is probably the problem. My weight. If I’m honest it has held me back from so many things in my life. Roller Coaster Rides for one. Men I was in love with but never told because I was worried they would laugh at me, or even worse, be horribly embarrassed by my telling them is another. I can remember after college, going on design job interviews and having the secretaries smugly look me over, pre-judging me by my weight. I knew I was very talented but I also knew I’d never get a call back. I told myself I was tired after 4.5 years of high pressure, non-stop art college life and decided to give myself a 2 month break to rest and work on my portfolio. Two months became two years. Two years because 10…
For those wondering, I do have a design website. juliedesign.com however it truly needs updated and new pieces added to it. Responsive design website is majorly needed here. I won’t be focusing on that now however but I’ll keep you posted on its future progress. I love design and will never completely leave it.
I worked freelance graphic design gigs in the evenings and weekends after working all day in an office job for so many years. I felt like I was dreaming during the day, always looking forward to all I had to accomplish in the evening before going to bed. It’s fine when you’re young and single. But for the last several years, I’ve let the creative part of me fall by the wayside focusing instead on the life my husband and I have. There’s only so much monotony you can handle though, and you get to a certain part of your life and ask “Jesus, is this all there is?” Wake up early and go to work all day, try to fit in a workout a few days a week, make dinner, watch TV, bed…Wash. Rinse. Repeat. So that’s why I’m here…back doing freelance in the evening and on weekends again! I love to cook and bake. I adore photographing my food. The creativity of designing for the web is a kind of magic. This food blog is a way of bringing all this together and creating a future of passion…of inspiration. Living Creative every minute of my Life. One of my favorite design instructors used to say, “Find a job you Love, and you’ll never work a day in your Life!” I’ve always loved that and never found it. Until now. I find myself each day dreaming of this blog and the food I’ll create for it as soon as I get home. Excitement in my belly about envisioning cool new ways of photographing my food. Hoping that a recipe I share here will become part of a family’s weekly menu rotation.
One more arty note: one of my old college loves is oil painting and I have bought some new paints and brushes! Canvases are stretched. When I become inspired to paint again, I may post some images for you to take a look at. I’m really looking forward to that.