Back in 1997, upon my return to the states after six years abroad, I created my first design website and titled it Looking Glass Design. It was an impetuous choice but based upon the interpretation of my experiences slipping across cultures, time and space, often feeling and then embracing the disorientation of the clash of the familiar and unfamiliar as a traveler in a global village.
After more than 20 years creating and teaching design, and two additional graduate degrees, my professional (and personal) life has truly evolved. The details, or at least the reflections, can be read on a separate personal blog here – Mara’s Blog. However, as I continue to heavily weave together creative works, design thinking, and the mission of education, my professional (and personal) goals have continued to evolve. There is nothing like going through major adversity to spin your life’s directions around from where you thought it might have been pointed before.
Creative work flows within my veins and continuing to create is one of my primary objectives. But defining what is creative work has expanded for me, especially in the realm of the narrative and visual arts. So as I move forward, traditional graphic design in a commercial sense has less of a place in my work, whereas design for social change, design as a methodology for improving education, and design as an outlet for creating art… all of these more accurately describe where art and design define my current direction.
This newly updated website for my work, under the web domain Looking Glass Design, serves not so much as an active marketing device for more commercial work but as a a place to share current creative explorations, and as a repository of past work. As this space evolves, I hope you’ll find peace, joy, and fulfillment in your own creative work. Namaste!