“Rise and shine Designers, you have a big day ahead of you.”
Today’s challenge involves the publication of Carl Jung’s mysterious Red book, which has long been secreted away and only recently been made public by his heirs. The September 20th New York Times Magazine cover looks positively pentecostal, yet Jung’s images inside, of dreams and madness, have a magnificent mystical quality.
All my life I’ve dreamed in pattern. When I was six-years-old my parents taught me the design technique of carving shapes into erasers to use for stamping designs. I used to sit duck-legged on the floor making the house shake with my purposeful stamping. I became fascinated by the ranges of different patterns that could be generated using the same block in multiple ways (the way I still design things today, one idea building on another), and thus began my nineteen-year career as a textile designer. At twelve I got my first of five NY textile agents and in college I studied the math behind what I was doing. I’ve been papering my world in patterns ever since.
“Where did you get the idea of making a dress after Klimpt?”
“Honestly, I have no idea….. I think maybe I saw it in a dream.”
“Was it a big dream?”
“Not any bigger than usual.”
“But do you feel refreshed and renewed now that you’ve acted on it?”
“Yes, actually. I’m quite pleased with my dress.”
“Ah, I see you value your inner life.”
“Huh?…. Well, maybe I do.”
“Yeah, you too.”