LMNOP, the professional development group for New York’s displaced A+D community, is overflowing with creative energy and professional frustration. Through workshops, learning sessions and networking events, LMNOP is helping its members channel their frustrations productively and we couldn’t help but try to join in.
otto invited a few members of LMNOP to take up their pencils and a few Moleskine Folio sketchbooks and show us what they’ve been thinking about while in between jobs. The Folio Collection, introduced earlier this year, is the Moleskine for designers and artists, with the same rounded corners, elastic closures and that perfect back pocket — but with more page space for sketching.
“I am an interior designer with a commercial background, I worked overseas in London for a few years. I am passionate about cultures and exploring the world, these experiences influence my interior design concepts and evolve into paintings. While not working in design I am creating a collection of fine art painting to hopefully show in a gallery. Also searching for my next steps as a designer while developing my skills and keeping involved with LMNOP activities.”
“I’ve been unemployed since October of 2008. Each day is different, I never know if I will wake up feeling optimistic and motivated, or unwilling to get out of bed. Sometimes I am so happy to have so much free time to spend with friends, and other days I feel worthless because I don’t have a job. Job hunting is grueling, and I often sketch to make sure I continue to think creatively. These sketches are inspired by thoughts of hope, depression, and money.”
“One nice thing about being out of work is there is time to think about things longer and in more depth. Many of these sketches are personal projects and I have been mulling them over for a while. This sketchbook project helped bring them to greater completion. Others just came across to me as I walk the dog, see something on the street, talk to a friend.”