As Midwesterners, I think we are born with an innate ability to talk about the weather. The weather is the best in the Quad Cities around May and September, and though I can rarely complain about the summer heat, I can, however, complain about the cold. And right now, It. Is. Cold.
You see, I have a little travel bug. I love to explore new places, experience new cultures and soak in all the amazing designs that live in a world completely unlike my own. When I can’t travel, I’ve learned to flip back through photos of past excursions and remind myself of those great times. I can get lost in that happy place, but return in a much better mood, ready to tackle everything ahead.
Today I’m dreaming of a trip to Marrakech, Morocco that I took with my girlfriends.
We attempted to visit Jardin Majorelle, the colorfully designed garden owned by fashion designer, Yves Saint Laurent.
We trekked across the entire Medina (walled-in area of the inner city), through the Souks (streets and alleyways filled with shops), past orange fruit sellers and juice makers, and arrived to the garden’s entrance to discover it was closed!
Since that trip, I’ve searched to find what we missed, and it’s pretty incredible. An amazingly colorful building with spectacular views around every corner, places to sit, sip mint tea and feel inspired.
I can see exactly why Yves Saint Laurent said of the first time he traveled to Morocco, “A visit to Marrakech was a great shock to me. This city taught me color.”
I think any designer, whether creating fashion, graphics, interiors or otherwise could find color inspiration from a visit to Marrakech.
And for me, even a virtual visit through my travel photos (and those of others in the places I could not enter) has left me feeling inspired and ready to take on the next project!
As Marcus Aurelius said, “The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.” So I plan to continue thinking of colorful (and warm) places whenever my mind focuses too long on the cold weather and long task list ahead, and keep great inspiration at the forefront of my daily life!
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