Welcome to my first ever blog post. Like, ever. Excuse my unfamiliarity and any bumps that come along with it. ;)
The blog:flourish exists to streamline the delivery of news, detailed information, updates, and amazing things from the studio to you. So with that, let's get to our first bit of information: The Process!
In the studio you will often hear and see PROCESS>PRODUCT. Simply put, this means we focus on what happens during our process of creation rather than the final outcome. Think about the last time you created something, anything. Maybe it was dinner. For me, it was spaghetti and meatballs because for some reason my five year old loves meatballs right now (he even told me mine were better than IKEA's- haha!) We start off creating with an idea of the end result and throughout the process we're working to make this specific thing, but sometimes along the way, the idea changes. Maybe we ran out of certain ingredients. Maybe we got distracted and didn't time something well. Maybe we had a better idea while we were in the middle of creating. Whatever the reason, the end result is not the same as what we had intended before we began. Side note: I must be hungry right now because obviously this scenario is applicable to art, as well as food, and I'm choosing the latter.
Creating this studio space has been no exception. The process of designing my dream art studio has certainly been an evolution. Physically, this space needs to function well for artists of all ages and abilities, be warm, welcoming and inviting for all different backgrounds and needs, and house various artistic examples and art supplies. We've also got wonderful roommates (Bloom Kids Co) who we get the opportunity to share our space and our dreams with! And, we're in this character-filled, downtown building (it was actually home to Lafayette's first bowling alley) that has been renovated to help bring these dreams to life. The process has had so many considerations, tweaks, developments, and awe-inspiring moments, that it hard to believe we're nearing the product: a finished art studio space for the community!
Before we unveil the product, I wanted to take a minute to enjoy and share the process. I know that there will be many things to celebrate when the studio is operational, but I want to remember this moment. I want to remember all of the details and decisions that happened throughout the process. I want to remember the people and the places and the things that helped make all of it happen. I want to remember the process, because that's where growth and learning happens, and that's worth celebrating, just as much as the end result.