This summer internship was my final adventure in undergraduate study before embarking on my Art Education Master’s degree in the fall. It needed to be something challenging and out of my comfort zone. As a BFA student my focus was primarily drawing and painting, but I have always had an interest in interior design and thought an internship would be a perfect stepping-stone into this sphere of the art world. Back home in Naples, FL there is a booming real estate market and an opportunity arose for me to intern as an assistant to Lisa Lovetto of Lovetto Design, an interior design firm that handles residential, commercial and yacht interiors.
In the first few days of my internship, I was beyond nervous. Luckily, everyone in the office was very kind and patient. They showed me the ropes, allowed me to ask questions, and were forgiving when I filed something incorrectly or got lost on the way to pick up fabric samples. They allowed room for me to make mistakes and learn from them, for which I am extremely grateful.
As I gained my footing, my duties in the office became extremely diverse. I started off filing fabric samples and furniture catalogs, and running errands that included picking up floor plans and tile samples; on one occasion I was entrusted with my boss’ truck to pick up an order in Miami. No pressure. Thankfully the floor samples, the truck, and I made it back intact.
My favorite parts of the internship were when I was able to use the skills I learned from my classes at Florida State; there was a time I needed to Photoshop an image for a design board that was to be entered into an interior design competition, and then there were days when I had the privilege of visiting current housing sites so I could take before-and-after photos of the design projects.
I never realized how many different roles fall under the umbrella of Interior Designer. Lisa Lovetto is a designer, artist, organizer, sales representative, accountant, delegator, mediator, wife, mother, and businesswoman extraordinaire. There is so much juggling and delegation involved. With that in mind, the roles of interior designer and art teacher have a lot in common.
I don’t believe in the saying “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.” I believe teaching is a huge responsibility that doesn’t receive the respect it deserves, especially in the art discipline. With my education in studio art and the internships I have completed in the realm of museum studies and now interior design, my goal is to continue exploring different artistic opportunities in order to become a more informed, well-rounded artist. By learning all that I can and doing all that I can in my personal work, I hope that my collective experiences will benefit my future teaching practice.”