Jennie Bishop is one of those wonderful combinations of brains and whimsy. She is super fun to hang out with, spunky with a wry sense of humor, and ridiculously talented. I get the sense she doesn’t even know how talented she is. It’s almost as if she surprises herself when a project turns out amazing, as if it happened all on its’ own…but I know better. Her impeccable style, collaborative nature, and fearlessness is why her INTERIOR design studio, Studio Gild, was just named Best of the City by CS Magazine.  

 

Jennie's Creative Process : 

My process with design, or really anything in my life, is to dive in immediately… typically without checking the depth or temperature in the proverbial pool. If I question too much at the onset – “Should I do this?” “What if this happens?” “What will I do when…?” – then I probably won’t do it. So I dive in headfirst and tackle the issue with my gut. 

But I need to pause here. There is this thing I have to do before I can do anything. I have to clean the countertops, pick up the clutter and obliterate the piles to have a calm, orderly environment. Now my brain can be chaotic and run wild.  

Dream. Dig. 

Clip. Sort.

Look. Listen. Challenge. Refine. 

Draw. Study. 

Expand. 

Dream. Dig. 

Then I review my work, freak out, hate it, doubt it, most likely cry because I know it will bomb, and then sleep on it for a few days.

Eventually, I pull myself up and realize that what I’ve created is really good. But I must freak out. I must take myself to the bottom and then mentally work my way out. I used to joke in design school that I would give up a project to the design gods… but now I know it’s true. At some point it’s imperative to give up the process to the universe and move forward with gusto. And I swear, 9 times out of 10 the work is a complete success.

As I barrel toward 40, I’m learning to see the stability in my creative emotional-rollercoaster. Or is there stability? What will happen next time? What will I do if… ? And then shut it down, rein it in and embrace it. My credo is to ask questions later and take the risk. And then thank the people in your life who allow your riskiness to be your reality. 

I love the work of these artists and would love to know the methods to their madness.  Billy KiddAnish Kapoor [I mean, really, where do these ideas come from?], and Eleanor Pritchard

You can see more of Jennie's work at studiogild.com