|reinterpreting an old melody |
Every time I see an interesting window I ask myself what stories can it hide. The house is the space where the family´s play takes place, indeed, what we call home is deeply linked to our memories, and some well settled routines
When I was a girl I always dreamed about having a doll house, but I never got it (I am sure I didn´t even ask for it, so no complicated feelings about this). It was like a secret project that I developed privately, thinking of the moment that I would be able to have it. As I was a very imaginative girl, I started to realize some projects of my dreamed doll house. I made some rudimentary sketches and finally I came up with a way to represent the house in a more realistic way
I used two poster boards. I used one to draw the vertical projection of the front inner side of the house, where all the rooms were amazingly detailed. And the other poster board was used to draw the vertical projection of the front facade, with doors and windows that could be opened. And the I put the first poster board behind the other. I expended countless hours with these projects and every house was related to a particular story that conditioned the decoration. I don´t know how many alternative lives were imagined by me, but I guess most of them were projections of my wishes for the future.
I remember asking myself: what if I change this or that detail of the house or of the story? and how I started to re-create one depending on the changes on the other. I needed that sort of consistence so deeply...
I think that my love for finding out the existing links between psychological and real spaces, the influence of spaces on people´s mood and vice versa comes from that age. This is now part of my field of interest as a researcher (thirty odd years later!). Indeed, I´ve investigated a lot on the educative potential of certain contexts and about how certain ways to plan and decorate spaces can make us move in certain direction
Public and private spaces can be a statement about who we are but also about who we want to be. If we live surrounded of things that remind us what we want to achieve and we design our house to make room for the life we are dreaming of (and not for the life we are trying to leave behind) we will get an awesome fresh impetus to our dreams. Just give a try, it works
PS. In case you´re wondering if I finally got my doll house, my answer is yes!. In fact, I am working on it at this moment. And according to my previous ideas, I have planned it as a decorative treat at my house that links me to my story, my gifts and the life I want to live. And remaining faithful to my origins, I have imagined a story that makes sense: it´s the house of a bohemian spiritual seeker