I don’t think anyone has ever suffered because of me as much as my philosophy teacher (Hi Isa!) did on my last year of school. The poor woman used to say that I’d make an amazing perfumist, because I was completely unable to say the same thing over and over again with grace and elegance (…thank you, I guess?) which, apparently, is something you’resupposed to do when you’re studying philosophy.

Now that I work with words, she crosses my mind almost everyday, because I remember having her in front of me and thinking “but I adore words, am I really doing it so wrong?”.

In case you’re wondering, the answer is no. There are many different ways to do the same thing and there are as many different ways (or more!) to feel and see the world around us. And it was just like that with my love for words. 8 years went by before I found out about calligraphy and that it’s a discipline that is very much alive, something you can learn and master by being persistent and spending many hours practicing.

And, honestly, I’d rather write down a very short phrase that make you feel something, which is precisely what art should do, than three pages worth of frustrating and difficult text.

So now, even if that year was a total pain for both of us, I like to laugh and say that my job is to make perfume out of words. 

I don’t think anyone has ever suffered because of me as much as my philosophy teacher (Hi Isa!) did on my last year of school. The poor woman used to say that I’d make an amazing perfumist, because I was completely unable to say the same thing over and over again with grace and elegance (…thank you, I guess?) which, apparently, is something you’resupposed to do when you’re studying philosophy.

Now that I work with words, she crosses my mind almost everyday at some point, because I remember having her in front of me and thinking “but I adore words, am I really doing it so wrong?”.

In case you’re wondering, the answer is no. There are many different ways to do the same thing and there are as many different ways (or more!) to feel and see the world around us. And it was just like that with my love for words. 8 years went by before I found out about calligraphy and that it’s a discipline that is very much alive, something you can learn and master by being persistent and spending many hours practicing.

And, honestly, I’d rather write down a very short phrase that make you feel something, which is precisely what art should do, than three pages worth of frustrating and difficult text.

So now, even if that year was a total pain for both of us, I like to laugh and say that my job is to make perfume out of words.