What do you like to do in your free time? A dreaded question for some. For others, it’s easy – they like to throw around a frisbee, belt out some tunes at the karaoke, ponder the cryptic round in a pub quiz, perhaps even go for a swim in a pool with questionable hygiene.
For me, it’s door hunting.
Just over a year ago, I was strolling down Earls Court Road and spotted a particularly beautiful looking door. As I often did, I whipped out my camera and took a quick snap. Now this door was a real humdinger and I thought to myself, ‘The world needs to see this’. So, I set up an Instagram account and shared my find. And that was that. Since then I’ve been frittering away my free time roaming the streets, capturing gems wherever I can and posting them online for the world to enjoy.
Well, there’s something fascinating about how such a simple shape that can take so many different forms. A door is something common to all people and yet the colours, sizes, textures, features and surrounding area all come together to something completely unique. When I look at a door, I think about the owner and try to piece together the world that they live in. A door is symbolic of crossing the threshold into someone’s life and I think of the exterior as a sneak peek into the person’s character.
At this point, you might be thinking, ‘This girl is barmy’. Well, maybe. But I’m certainly not alone. There’s a whole army of door lovers out there who are revelling in the joy of seeing each other’s finds. Search online for common hashtags like #doortraits and #ihavethisthingwithdoors and you’ll find a whole host of fellow doorks.
What does the future look like for me?
When I started, I simply wanted to share dreamy doors. As I’ve continued, it’s become obvious that there are two particular types that I adoore the most: the vibrant, extroverted species & the ageing, peeling shabby chic specimens. These characterful doors add a bit of spice and excitement to a street, something extremely welcome as a distraction from the anonymity of modern architectural design.
In January this year, I did a video interview with the BBC about my somewhat strange hobby. Perhaps due to it being a particularly slow news week, the ‘woman obsessed with doors’ ended up on the BBC’s homepage where Dan Sullivan, MD of DOORCO, watched it. He got in touch to see if I’d be interested in any kind of collaboration and, all of sudden, the proverbial door was opened…
I met with DOORCO to discuss all kinds of creative ideas and I was immediately excited by the company’s plans for the future. DOORCO sell composite doors and they are looking to offer more creative, bespoke designs – maybe even give consumers the chance to design something more individual. This matches exactly what I’d love to see from doors in the future and I am delighted to have been assigned as their Creative Consultant.
Step one was pencilling in a visit to their factory in Macclesfield to check out where all the magic happens. I wasn’t sure what to expect and had in my mind the door vault scene from Monster’s Inc with furnishings flying all over. Although not entirely accurate, it was closer than you might think. Their warehouse is vast, with rows and rows of doors stacked all the way to the ceiling. Dan showed me the areas where people were using all kinds of complex-looking machinery to create the designs, colours and glass seen all over the country. Each station has different specialities and I was excited by all the possibilities.
After the tour, Dan asked my impressions of the factory, DOORCO and everyone I’d met. I informed him that as the first proper door person I’d met, he seemed much more normal than I expected. I travelled back home with ideas buzzing around my head that I can’t wait to share. However, for this month all those thoughts are remaining strictly under lock and key…
Until next time!
Jeyda, Chief Doork
Creative Consultant for DOORCO