'Never Settle' Mural
"The best life is the one in which the creative impulses play the largest part and the possessive impulses the smallest." —Bertrand Russell
I graduated from the Fashion Arts program at Seneca College in April 2019. During my time there, I constantly challenged myself to learn as much as I could about fashion and design. I lost track of the number of times I stayed at school overnight trying to perfect my homework or learn something new.
For the majority of my college life, I was sleepless. I must admit, there is something bittersweet about pushing yourself to the edge to discover what you are truly capable of. It is a feeling that never gets old and is always special.
After graduation, I wanted to pay homage to Seneca. It was my way of saying thanks for providing me with the right environment in which I could grow and develop. I created a mural and dedicated it to the Fashion Arts program, specifically, to inspire future designers to keep pushing themselves while studying and to 'Never Settle.'
I have always admired designers who can create designs that are meaningful and inspiring. Moreover, well-made. To create such designs, the designer would, more often than not, spend countless hours working their ideas until they knew that magical moment arrived. They would never settle for less, and they would continuously push their work.
Innovation, pride, and craftsmanship are worthy attributes to aim for as a designer. This quest, although never-ending, is something I want to reinforce through my design.
Finalizing the design in Ai
The design focuses on two things: a continuous piece of thread and a sewing needle. Both of these things are essential tools for a fashion designer. When these two elements are combined, they allow me to successfully emphasize the message ('Never Settle') in a minimal, yet impactful, way.
The mural comp that was proposed on June 1, 2019
I officially began the mural on August 6, 2019. I originally thought I could use a projector to cast my design onto the wall. However, the space made it impossible to do that, so I decided it was best to freehand the design. This process took me 4 hours, roughly, to complete.
I free-handed the design, grid by grid, using chalk
A close-up of me working on finalizing the mural
The finalized mural
A special message to memorialize the mural
Every project has its own sets of challenges. This project wasn't any different. Nevertheless, it was a lot of fun working on a project of this nature. I enjoyed creating a design this large that will inspire others to 'Never Settle.'