July, beginning of August is that mystifying time of the year, just like the end of January & beginning of February, when I am caught twirling amidst everything and nothingness....when it is quiet and I SHOULD enjoy it but I feel guilty if I do. Wondering if I will be forever alone making beautiful things for no one to wear? I get dramatic but then it becomes my thinking fuel It is in those moment that I can shovel clouds, which in my family, means daydreaming, creating and think schemes, ideas = Nothing truly tangible or fully conceived!...Cloud shoveling might not be productive in a physical sense but it is necessary for my process. It is all about my state of mind to enter a new season/collection.
It is also a moment where I can catch up on things I have been procrastinating while I also attempt to move forward with a new collection and anticipate: The combination of both temporarily turns me into a headless chicken: walking around doing bits and pieces but never fully satisfied with results because I will change my mind a ‘’few’’ times because I have time to spare (so I like to believe...) So I will have days when I rethink 6 dresses but finish none. Other days I walk in determine to finish them but then I have a few clients and that plan goes out the door or I hem only a sleeve or something so little it is like I have done nothing at all. Now with my new website obsession I added a new diversion to the equation.
I usually wake-up out of this transition period and realise the urgency of tying all the loose end I have started and become intensively productive that even the visit of all my clients will not stop me from working in studio area. This great turmoil of cloud shoveling usually by end of August and end of February with my own tornado season! LOL. It tends to coordinate with the return of all my girls asking for a gazillion things. All at once, I get out of the Cloud Shoveling to contemplate the spectacular pieces I have made and all my guilt washes off and the results is always pleasing, to me anyways. Another season/collection sees the light. The creative process follows it course steadily for a few months until next time. I am entering my 29 season/collection & I am still very much inspired, stimulated & curious.
First thing first: I am not a morning person!... so my best thinking, ideas, strategies, plans, always come at night & very rarely in the morning. No surprise for anyone that knows me a little. I can stay up for very long period of time while the Western Hemisphere as gone to bed and be perfectly contempt. It gives me time to explore, observe, digest and process and essentially stay ‘’current”. It keeps me alive, connected and spirited. I will not overly do it because I refuse to become obsess over trends. It isn’t about that! I am not a hipster, I am a Gen X kid.
Back onto the creative process! Today I was attempting to fix a last minute wedding outfit for a girl... I know it is early (1pm) I just could not!... I just finished prom season, Grand Prix fund raiser, etc.... and I have a mountain of summer pieces still unfinished and a brand new website with a new assistant, Alexandra ... just could not do this last minute wedding request! I am an artist : not a retailer : not a seamstress : not a robot and at times, a miracle worker... I can be very fairy like but you call me today and you are leaving at 4h and you want me to fix you a wedding party dress!!!!!
I AM A FAIRY but I cannot do that....it is too last minute, it gives me no time. I actually tried but as I was trying to fix it, I came to realise that what was ask of me was not possible and it was not for me to do... so I decide to write my daily note about it because my creative process for making each piece is EXACTLY like when I paint and you cannot produce a painting, even more so commissioned work under pressure within a few hours. I certainly cannot create a wedding dress in a demi couture technique within a few hours either... to be continued...
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