First came the design, then doubt.
Designing this shirt was a real joy. To this day I’ve never sold one polka dot shirt. Why? Not sure, maybe bad marketing, the design may be to forward. My belief is that this shirt is beautiful.
The process to make this shirt was not technically difficult. Any person with a pattern can make this shirt. The challenge was never the design nor if I could actually make it…
the real issue, to be honest, was believing in myself. My lack of belief at times has hindered my personal growth as well as my design growth.
Yet, even when I doubt myself the design process continues. Why? Because something great that doubt is on the other side. I push past the doubt to continue because the end joy is greater than the doubt.
As mentioned, I have not sold one polka dot shirt and it’s been over two years since the design came out of production. Yet, non the less, every time I see the shirt I don’t see something basic and traditional. I see something beautiful.
No one has to buy this shirt to validate the design. To me, it’s just lovely.
I move forward because of the feeling design offers me even when there is uncertainty. It’s the thrill of designing that people like me can’t escape. So, if you ever feel you’re not good enough or your unsure just try and do it anyway. It may not come out perfect at first but when it does you’ll feel joy in the beauty of your design.