|networking with other designers|
|Exploring valuable places to shop.|
I fondly recall the late Wayne Martin would often say" Your home can be filled with beautiful furniture, unique accessories and surrounded with exquisite art, but if you weren't compassionate toward others then all of this luxury meant nothing".
In the last few months, I have had the opportunity to explore other avenues in the World of Design. In my discovery, I have found wonderful opportunities in the luxury of giving back to my community. The love of interior design has brought me to new dimensions staying connected to this world of creativity. I have become involved in professional groups,charities, committees and advisory boards for design schools.http://www.pcc.edu/ These volunteer opportunities helped create the dream for success in other people's lives and in my own life.
Recently, I also have had the great joy of personally mentoring an intern from a local design college.www.artinstitutes.edu/Portland .In my former career as the showroom manager of the prestigious Wayne Martin Inc in Portland, Oregon, I had the opportunity to help shape the careers of many design students imparting skills in selling great products and helping them to be knowledgeable mercers of fine textiles.The network of other designers, contractors, workrooms can be invaluable to our future designers.These students of Interior Design schools are our future employees to our design firms and worthy competition.The talents and skills of a design students can only grow so much. An internship can give more clarity to a student. Their abilities are to put to the test and honed under the guidance of an experienced Interior Designer. I have found in offering interns my experience that I have always learned more about design and myself.
|Adding another dimension to an education.|
We create, we design, we decorate. We fill our rooms with all rich and pleasant treasures. This is our how our house is built by the strength of our professional integrity and the understanding of our own personal character. It is at this time in our lives that we know that we have accomplished great things.Giving back to our community brings us the encouragement to be more than we ever hoped to be. To rise above adversity,to blossom into who we were designed to be. We become great men and women of design. Being true to who we are can bring out the best in what we design.
Invest into your community, Invest your career in a student intern from your local design schools.
john thompson designer
Associate Member of the Interior Design Society