The Spaces Between
This project is a response to ISTD brief, The Space Between. I observe the connection between education system, ADHD, and trade industry. Designed with intentional confusion, this three-part publication echoes the experience of making sense of oneself and their space in the world, while querying adult ADHD. Within the space between teenage years and societies expectation of adulthood, there are pinnacles of growth that never seem to come into fruition. Everyday tasks and responsibilities become uncompleted goals. Left unchecked, this plays into the never-ending cycle of low self-esteem and self-deprecation.
This publication explores the contrast in how one views themselves when utilising their potential in an encouraging environment that is suited to their way of thinking. I wish to highlight the emotions that one feels as they navigate query ADHD. Frustration, grief, the unknown, as well as the hope one feels can be especially overwhelming. Once acknowledged by professionals, one must sit with these emotions for a long period of time, waiting on a solution. The project aims to facilitate recognition for resilience, the value of training, apprenticeships, and adult education. It acknowledges that in addition to theory or practical learning, it is the intangible sense of direction, focus and boost of confidence which elevates self-esteem.