This little corner of a table in my studio is indicative of the whole, big, chaotic picture, right now.
It's been all about bringing a book manuscript into being, which means working between computer, sewing machine, cutting table, ironing board and photography table, balacing bits of foamcore board on everything and staying up late, sifting through and cataloging hundreds of images.... And writing. Writing and re-writing. Drawing diagrams and writing some more. It's coming along.
The trip to the USA, Quilt Market and possibly teaching some classes while I'm in that neck of the woods, is another work-in-progress. (If you're interested in doing a class with me while I'm in the North-West in May 2013, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll keep you in the loop).
I hear my mother's voice, "You just can't see the woods for the trees". (She said that to me a lot, when I was a kid.... I wonder why?) But I know now that she showed me how to see both the woods and the trees - how to see the bigger picture and how to find my way through, tree by tree. To throw in another cliche' or two - she also showed me how to stop to smell the roses, and taught me to count my blessings.
And so, I've been enjoying the process of seeing new ideas become reality. I'm thanking my lucky stars for new opportunities and for the talented community of designers and crafters around me.
It's been great to work with wonderful fabrics like this one above, by CurlyPops and below, by Kristen Doran.
I appear to be fitting in a bit of theraputic garment-sewing and going out with friends, too. Here I am in a new pencil-skirt on High St Northcote on Saturday evening. (Spy-photo by my friend Tracy).
I've been seen about town, wearing cowl-neck slip dresses of various shape and with various configurations of safety pins and drapery. They're all toiles (muslins), as I try to recreate something I once did quite accidentally ...and unfortunately, pattern-free. It's getting close to what it's supposed to be. Nearly there. No safety pins in this one.
And I still haven't made a pattern for it. Little Miss Freehand-Cutting is going to have fun recreating it in 'proper' fabric, huh?
Today I dropped in on an old friend, and some old work.
When the wee girl was a wee baby, I was - as usual - trying to juggle too many things: one of them being freelance patternmaking for accessories companies like Haul.
My very small part in the work of getting these laptop sleeves to market was done at a time when I was trying to fit everything in around a highly-mobile baby who wouldn't sleep, and when I was trying to get my own fledgling business off the ground. Haul was going through a period of growth and change then, too. To see that these products have stood the test of time is somewhat satisfying. It's reassuring to know that it's worth the effort to keep working through even the toughest of times, and to find one's way out of the woods.
In the ten years I've known Scott, I've seen him work tirelessly on building this fantastic business, which is based around functional, fashionable accessories made from
recycled upcycled urban waste (billboards, number plates, print blankets, truck inner tubes...). He's won awards and gone from strength to strength (and did I mention, worked really, really hard..?). Last week, he announced that he's moving on to other things, and closing Haul. I feel a bit sad, but at the same time, I see the bigger picture and the opportunities that lie ahead, and wish Scott every success.
(BTW - there's currently a 35%-off sale. Last chance to get yourself a bit of Haul).
I must get back to the business of working my way through these woods... again. If I don't manage another blog post before Xmas, please have a happy and safe one!