To persevere or to pivot is a question that do-ers have been asking themselves since the beginning of time. It’s never a straight road when you are doing something new, blazing a trail, breaking a ceiling, or pushing boundaries, so it’s only natural to wonder whether to give up midway. How do you know whether to keep going or to give up?

Dwight Hwang | Classical Gyotaku Artist

During my 20+ years working in the film and animation industry, I kept a quiet hobby to keep myself sane. I never expected this hobby to become a full time career while my film career became an occasional hobby. From creating a short film back in 2000 that got accepted into the Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival to a well sought after storyboard artist in Tokyo for both anime and live-action films, it was far from being an easy choice to drop all that I knew and loved for an obscure hobby that very few people had even heard about. But between 2016-2018, I had become depressed. I felt like I had plateaued when there were so many more things I wanted to accomplish in film. Much of my experiences overseas didn’t quite transfer over to the US when moving back stateside. Read more>>

Marty Ornish | Wearable Artist/ Fiber Artist

I confess that when I receive two or more exhibition rejection letters in a row it slows me up, and helps me pause and think about why I make art. Then I inevitably wake up the next morning with designs and ideas in my head that demand to be made. The making process is what is most important to me, and the satisfaction of making beautiful, or sometimes disturbing things out of what many people throw away gets me recharged. I love helping others see the value in wearing old clothes, buying less, encouraging others to consider living a more sustainable lifestyle – not being seduced by the fashion industry. I have multiple hand problems, and another part of this decision to keep going is determined by the health of my hands. There are times I cannot sew at all, and must wear hand braces. These down times are frustrating and difficult for me, and teach me patience. Read more>>

Mary Ourada | Travel Bag Designer

I keep going for one reason and that is Faith. Not faith in a religious sense but faith in believing in something. The idea for my travel bag design did not come to me from thinking long and hard about designing a better travel bag. My idea came to me from somewhere else, it just popped into my head from nowhere. I have had ideas like this throughout my life and I think we all do. Something that comes to you that makes you stop and say “that’s a cool idea”. In the past I would get excited about it for a day or two maybe tell a couple of people and then let it go back to wherever it came from, but not this time. I call these “divine ideas”. Because of where and how I received the idea for my bag design gives me the faith to keep going and make it a reality. I think of it as being given a gift and this time I am not returning it. I always say it is not my design it was given to me from wherever you want to call it, I am just the conduit to bring it to life. Read more>>