Ever since I was a little girl, I have enjoyed working and creating art with my hands. One of the earliest experiences with making that I can remember was my attempt to make a cake at the age of 6. I knew the basic concepts of a cake—a spongy, bread-like base, with a frosted and decorated top. What I didn’t realize was that there was much more to a cake than these two parts! I thought it would be easy enough to make one… so, I put some bread in the toaster and slathered it with frosting and sprinkles. As soon as I took a bite, I knew I had done something very wrong.
Making that failure of a cake taught me that things are not always as they seem. In order to really understand how things work and how you can recreate something, you need to dig a bit deeper. During these past few months at Girls Design the World, I have been revisiting that idea. We spend lots of time creating and reevaluating our designs, and it has taught me how to be patient and not expect immediate answers or results.