Yes, its true, and its a great novelty. I actually had time to do some designing. Calling myself a designer-maker sometimes seems laughable, as I often spend my time doing marketing, teaching, learning and selling, but somehow very little making. The last two weeks have been a bit of a blur – lots of the teaching stuff, with quite a hefty chunk of travelling involved. I had a great few days in London last weekend visiting Collect, which was good – short of textiles as always, but some amazing jewellery, teaching cushion-making, meeting her, having dinner here, visiting Pure – a very inspiring fashion trade show and going to this seminar. And then a mere 36 hours later was back teaching here, visiting London Fashion Week (where Enamore were exhibiting and showing my new range of corsages) and Clerkenwell Dressed , which I didn’t get into this time round, but it was useful to see who did and how it looked. Some fantastic stuff.
Then I had a couple of days at Bilston and finally back home. For a couple of days. The shows really were interesting, and have given me food for thought. I really want to review them all, but alas, time at my desk is so limited at the moment, it wont be happening in a hurry.
Thanks for your birthday wishes. I had a great day – haircut, lunch, walk in the woods and NO WORK. I got lovely things including the Amy Butler book, more Northern Exposure to keep me quiet when I am at home, a stunning piece of fabric (see later), the catalogue for Collect, and one of these. Wow! I like this birthday thing.
The Amy Butler book is so lovely. I don’t really need a how-to projects book (seeing as I plan to write several!) but I wanted it anyway. I plan to make the kimono at some point, so I will actually use it.
First though, I have to make some this with the wonderful velvet. I think it’s going to be a long tunic top with the plain velvet as the bodice and the cutwork as the skirt.
Oh yes, I mentioned that I’d been doing some work…. I finally got stuck into pattern-cutting for the virtually-impossible-in-the-time-available designs for my exhibition at the end of the residency. Sneak preview of one of the pieces.