Today I am deep-cleaning my studio, our studio… not my art studio, but the one with the computer and books.

I decided to go over my books and select the ones I don’t really use anymore… I have done this so many times in the past, usually I find an excuse to keep most of them.

The strangest thing happened today when I opened my architecture and Interior Design books… They mean so much to me… so many years, so much passion on those books. Yet, Today I finally felt it was time to get rid of them… I mean, I know I am not going to use them any time soon, I know I need space for new books, new projects… So brave enough I resolved to put them inside a box… baby steps for me… I think I will eventually distribute them with my architect friends… not yet, I am not ready :(

It has been a while now, since I decided to leave my career as an "Architectural Designer" behind. Those were years I really enjoyed, while it lasted it meant the world to me, it is not deferent from my my present jobs… I don’t regret anything, it is just hard to put all that in a box, away from my daily professional life.

I feel like I am breaking up with “someone” I still love, but it just have no space on my life right now, if that makes any sense.

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Comment by Nina on November 19, 2008 at 8:42pm
Andreina - Wow.... I hear you. I have a love-hate relationship with Architecture. It's like a long marriage, with its ups and downs, and I've been struggling with walking away to pursue other loves, but I just can't seem to make the break. Just when I've had enough, it lures me back. Nothing rocks my world like being on a construction site, preferably when steel is going up... And then I resent it, for taking time away from my family, my writing, my sleep... (always so many ideas, but there's that pesky paycheck to worry about.)

It's very nice to meet you. You and Manny do a wonderful thing with this website, keep up the great work!
Comment by lev on March 15, 2009 at 12:27pm
books a a hard master... i have done just that. i have a large collection of architecture books in my stained glass studio... some of them i hold on to for just one concept or a few photos that will one day be useful... but i have moved my glass studio 7 times in the last 10 years... some of those studios never saw those books unpacked, why is it so hard to get rid of them. i gave a huge old coffee table book on charles renee mackintosh and the Glasgow school of art. i do not know how many times i have gone to the shelve to look for it and it wasn't there.... books are a very fickle master.... i totally understand

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