At the end of the last winter semester, I was feeling unsatisfied with my work. I felt I had learned a great deal about illustration, but I didn’t feel it had a point. I felt like everything I created was boring, pointless, perhaps a waste of time, space and energy. All of this caused me to worry about my future.
Our relationship with our smartphones is complicated. So, when I saw my phone slide out of my slightly too loose grasp and fall into the cup of coffee I was holding in my other hand, I was filled with equal amounts of panic and relief.
Rain is pouring in torrents outside. Long corridors with high ceilings. Students smoking in the hallways. Light-flooded rooms filled with a selection of artwork. Metal sinks overflowing with flowers.
The city wakes from its hibernation.
It is the 16th of February, the sun creeps out and warms our faces. A friend comes to visit from a different city and I show her around Münster. The sun is shining, it has put on its best face.
How can it already be 2019? This number sounds like the future. January 2018 feels so far away and I am definitely a slightly different person now. I hope that I have got a little wiser, but I doubt it, for some reason.
“The exhibits were displayed in a massive old industrial building. The crowds of visitors seemed to disappear into the shadows and their voices echoed into a calming murmur…”
The Dutch Design Week takes place in Eindhoven every year and design from all around the Netherlands is displayed there. It is the largest design event in Northern Europe and a visit had been highly recommended by many of my professors at uni.