When I was 17 I heard the first time about Bauhaus and it's cultural influence. Immediately I was drawn to the designs and school philosophy. In this very moment sitting in a classroom and listening to my teacher, I had this idea to study design.
I always knew I wanted to become an artist, but never actually knew that there are so many options for creative work. As a child, I spent hours painting images that tell a story but never even knew what illustration was. That it was an own field, an own profession to do exactly this: telling a story with images.
I really loved the idea of the Bauhaus school and their experimental and scientific approach to implementing art in everyday's life. This was the moment I realized what design is. From this moment on I started to dream about going studying and learning so many new things about art, design and how to tell a story.
Studying what I am interested in was never a burden for me. I enjoyed actually going to university because it was a path I've chosen, topics I am interested in and I met so many people with the same mentality and interests. Studying pushed me to learn more and to awaken as an artist. Education helped me to understand and finally, I learned so much what I wasn't even aware of that I actually wanted to learn this my entire life.
How colors and shapes are functioning, how we get influenced by images, how to tell stories and how to improve the visual experience. I had no idea about all of this before. Studying was like an awakening, like opening my eyes for the very first time. I learned to understand why something visually worked and why other things just didn't.
The more I am thrilled to work now as an instructor and to pass on my experience and knowledge. Furthermore, I am learning so much more right now and revisit so many topics. I am grateful to wake up every day and learn so many new things again.
I had no idea about my path when I was 17. All I knew was, I had the ability to do great artwork and the passion to learn more about it. I had no idea about illustration and design (which I was about to go studying). If someone would have told me I would work as an instructor I would have laughed.
All I wanted was to learn more, meet fantastic people, make new friends and being able to graduate. I hardly imagined going so far with what I love to do to the most. This book about the Bauhaus was the first book I purchased as a textbook and read it before class even started. It manifested my decision to follow my dreams.