Balance

“I’ve still got the greatest enthusiasm and confidence in the mission. And I want to help you.”  – A quote from a movie, I had it framed, purple letters on a white background. It is at the end of the hallway, just enough time to read it fully before you turn to the living room. For me, where there is purpose, there is no conflict. My approach to fashion, to clothing, to art, is the same, purpose driven and purposeful. It’s science, the positioning of the art, the perfect quote with the perfect amount of words, the average speed of reading, the space between the door and the wall, its function is clear – it’s a story for you to walk to, to understand, to enrich a moment that would otherwise be irrelevant. I recognise it, I recognise the unique space that art can fill on a wall. I also recognise that the space was unique before it and the possibilities after it are endless, but for now I apply balance.  My approach is balance, my aim is balance and I apply balance not just to this but to all facets of my life.  My jacket is balance, a scientific blend of comfort, function and style. My split toe, PVC Margiela’s are funky, purposeful and balanced. They protect my feet, they are waterproof, the split toe gives me extra grip, they’re cool and trendy and I wear socks with them, enhancing style and therefore balance, the piece-de-resistance. It’s the epitome of me, it’s the epitome of balance, it’s complicated simplicity, with a split toe and socks. My approach works, some people loathe it but the logic is not in doubt, the balance is not in doubt, the function is not in doubt. As the quote says, “I’ve got the greatest enthusiasm and confidence in the mission”.  

For me, clothes are better when they are understated. The extra money spent on additional features, large logos, that extra application of embroidery or the printing. To me, it is immaterial, unnecessary and adds nothing to the item. For some it is a necessity, to me a wasted resource.  An extravagance I don’t require. I would rather they focussed on the quality of the item, on the finish, on the durability of it. Some say it is OCD, others say perfectionism. For me, there is art in organising how you live, a stimulation only found in making what you have the best version of itself. People can put lots of things in a room and say they have what they need, but can they achieve balance? I want to feel unimpeded when I enter a room. Not only unimpeded but functional, where I go and what I do has a designated objective, a designated objective that does not mean repetition but on the contrary, freedom. To sit in my armchair and put my legs up on my ottoman, an ottoman that doubles as storage for my magazines and books, it invites me to relax, have a read or put on the projector. I can walk to my kitchen and pour my morning coffee, the blend is function, flavour and the packaging appeals aesthetically, it isn’t about doing things because i need to, it is about understanding those needs and applying balance and purpose to them. Sipping that black coffee, taking in the view is my mental preparation for the day ahead or it is the reflection of a day just gone. It’s not wasted time, it’s preparatory, its reflection, its anything i want it to be – time.

Main image credit: Alesia Kazantceva (Unsplash)

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