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.