Dear Practice,


Recently in my writing class, I had the opportunity to read and learn about the work of Ms. Vida Midgelow. Ms. Midgelow is a dancer and writer. She has juxtaposed her improvisational dancing with writing. Definitely, something I never knew or thought could be done. What caught my attention was the letters to her Practice which she began during her creative process. Midgelow’s letters are full of detail and quiet confidence. The narrative in these letters read like wonderfully rich conversations between two long time colleagues. They made me wonder when was the last time I addressed my practice? What would the conversation be like? And more importantly, what would my practice say back to me? So… below is an exchange between me and my practice. Let me know your thoughts.

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Dear Practice,
I’m struggling on this project. I don’t know why. It’s no more difficult than other projects have been. But my focus is wavering. I don’t know if it’s the expectation or the implementation. I’m overwhelmed with thoughts of bewilderment for our future together. Should I sketch more? Do less shifting? Command more control. We have been good together, right? Look at all we have done. I don’t just want to do it, I want to do it right. Will you stay? Butterflies are fluttering. I don’t want you to go. There is so much work to do. It’s overwhelming to think about it… But what happens if I quit? Will you finish our work? I guess… I have to go.

Forever yours,
Designer

Dear Designer,
Thinking is good. But worrying blocks me. The hard part is over. Control your form. Follow the function. Trust that we are right where we need to be. Go find the others… I will be here when you need me.

Always,
Practice

Jacinda Walker is a designer, entrepreneur and instructor with over 20 years of industry experience, who calls Cleveland, Ohio home. She believes that “participation is the key to success.” Her work ranges from designing publications to educational programming and event management.

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