I get asked a lot, "so what are your qualifications? Did you go to design school and business school?" You see my answer to this is no. My qualifications are my gut and the experiences I have had that allow me to trust it.
While I had a keen interest in fashion and art in high school taking both right up to year 12 I don't have a piece of paper that says I am qualified to do what i do. What is ground breaking is there are a lot of people who would tell you the exact same thing. For example Mr Hammered he is a fully qualified pastry chef and baker. He also has not worked in the field for the entire time I have known him. He has been a carpenter, brick layer, small engine mechanic, fabricator, welder, fiberglass technician and even worked for the Perth mint! The list goes on. It is all these experiences with design that make us good designers. We think logically and practically, not theoretically and not once have we said to ourselves no we can't do this because we don't have a piece of paper or the skills. The thing is life is a bit like the chicken or the egg what comes first conundrum. The experience will teach us but if we don't take the experience then the situation will never change.
Just like Thomas Edison i know plenty of ways how to not work with leather. This has been discovered through experiences, a wandering mind and invention. Don't get me wrong, it takes time and certainly will not happen overnight. You're probably saying to yourself, alright hurry up and get to the point. The point is... don't let anything stand in your way. LIVE BOLD, create yourself, experience everything and gather every moment you can.
You don't need a piece of paper or permission!
Adam and Bec Fogarty
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