I will be the first to admit that I don’t know much at all about fashion, but the way that Leah Pellingra talked about her work and all that she does to make the clothing designs and patterns a reality really spoke to me. The passion she has for her job was something that came through with her excitement and her desire to show how everything worked together, and her eagerness to speak about all the steps.
One thing that stood out to me the most is how Leah said that what she does now, working with the fabric and testing to make sure that the colors and type of fabrics work for the clothes being made, was not something that she ever thought of doing before. Whenever I think of what I’m going to do out in the world I always think of things in terms of the degrees that I’m going after, and not much beyond that. The idea that after getting my degree I might go off expecting to do large art pieces for shows, and yet find myself five years later happily using my art skills to make stencils or wallpaper designs, hadn’t ever occurred to me.
That Leah could find so much passion for something outside of what she had planned, and studied, for and still enjoy it shows the many different ways that our interests develop throughout our life and work. There is still some of Leah’s work and study for graphic design being used with the creation of the branding for the sport line, but that is not her main responsibility, just one of many. It really reminded me that while we leave college to pursue our dreams, it’s important to keep an open mind while looking for work, because there could be something more interesting or exciting to work on that you had never even thought of pursuing.