Welcome! As you can see, this is not a blog about seeds or fruit. It’s about creativity, beauty, design, and the cross-pollination of ideas.
The inspiration for Seeds and Fruit came from my lifelong love of art and design. I like understanding how creative people think and what inspires them, whether those things have a direct impact on their work or just make them happy. I also know that artists can take the smallest gesture or the most random impulse and turn it into an entire series of work. The creative mind and the quest for beauty and personal expression fascinate me.
Beyond this, we talk about the business of art and design. I often ask the creative people I profile about how they got started and what turning points they’ve experienced along the way. You’ll see a discussion of themes like instinct, perseverance, experimentation, encouragement, mentorship, vision, and even failure.
Part of my preparation for doing this blog came from my background in high-tech marketing, where I reveled in regular interaction with creative minds in graphic design, advertising and public relations and where I honed my skills writing all manner of marketing for print and web as well as business summaries to solicit venture capital. More recently, I discovered I love interviewing entrepreneurs about their businesses for a local newspaper and telling the story behind the business.
But what I think best prepared me were the countless fashion and design magazines I collected and poured over as a kid. With no budget to buy such magazines, I collected these treasures during my volunteer work at a Greenpeace recycling station. I knew every issue, every layout, every interview. And even then, I wanted to know who designed that shoe, who took that photograph, and how did it all come about. Though my having 10+ years of Vogue and other magazines in my bedroom drove my mother crazy, it planted a seed that only today’s blogging technology would help sprout. I now get to interview amazing people around the world about a wide range of creative work, and along the way inspire my readers in their own creative pursuits.
Thank you to all the artists who make this world a better place, and thank you to my readers for supporting their work. Stay tuned for some cool interviews, and let me know what you think!