A good designer can build a collection over time, but a GREAT designer has to keep up with fashion cycles. We finish one collection and immediately have to get inspired for new ideas. A consumer gets bored looking at the same garment over and over. Sure it shows the world the designer can sew. But we are not seamstresses, we are designers. How do we find inspiration over and over to lure the excited eye? We should be happy that you keep wanting more.
An artist looks deeply for their muse, but a fashion designer must look everywhere for inspiration to strike. Competitively, we must keep up with ever changing economies, social settings, and pop culture. We keep pictures, scrapbooks, mood boards and flip books. Inspiration comes from fabric stores collecting fabric swatches, hiking in the outdoors collecting textures, strolling through downtown photographing architecture, and researching the internet or visiting museums discovering modern art.
To tell you the truth, I have ideas floating everywhere. I keep scrap fabric to play with new techniques and promise myself to turn it into a fabulous garment. Today, I play with all my inspirations and techniques working toward my new Utopia collection. My hope is with proper staging, partnering with my photographer, together we can lure your eyes and many more. Draw you in for a closer look at the technical aspects of my design.
The photos you see here are just a few pics on my mood board. It is actually an adventure taking us away from technology. Hoping it will get you excited about what I am dreaming up in my workroom! Stay tuned as you here more about the inspirations behind this collection and watch what happens in the workroom in the coming days.
This is not your typical fashion blog post, but today as I sat down with my coffee I realized I only have one thing on my mind. Okay, maybe not one.....maybe one thousand, but that is every morning. Yet, I still sat here with a little grin on my face.
You see, while being a fashion designer is my career....who I am, is a mom. I love my job, because being a mom of 10 requires a flexible schedule. Someone always has to be somewhere, kids get sick, and yes, they even get into trouble. Being a fashion designer gives me the opportunities to be at their concerts, sporting events, graduations etc because I can schedule consultations and fittings around their schedules. And lets face it.....having 10 kids definitely requires an income coming in! These kids are the reason I do what I do.
So what's so big about that? Being a mom is not news worthy. But what is funny is the significance of this coming Sunday. Most of you will know it as Mother's Day. What you don't know is I have never been one to celebrate this particular day. It has always been one of those days that I wish to just fly by. Why be excited about "This" Mother's Day"?.......well.........this Sunday will mark exactly one year since I married my husband. This Sunday will be one year since I officially became a mother of TEN. Now THAT is something to celebrate! (and maybe even give myself a pat on the back. I survived! LOL)
I thank God every day for all my new ventures. I am so happy I met my husband and even though it is stressful from time to time, I am so happy to have all my 10 children with me every day. And I am thankful that these ten children and my wonderful husband convinced me to get back into the design world and do what I love to do.
Well it has been quite some time since I visited the blog. Between holidays and actively working on the new collection there wasn't a whole lot of time for writing. There is so much that goes into a collection like this. From dreaming to sketching to purchasing fabrics and trims....and then of course re-thinking the design because you couldn't find that exact fabric. And even then you still are not completely ready to cut or sew. Being from a small time like Seymour, we don't exactly have models at our disposal. So doing a model call around here, you might not get the exact size you are looking for. So, you have to design the clothes to fit the models you get. I was very pleased with the models that came my way, and when I met with each one of them, it sparked even MORE imagination to this collection. The day of the shoot, I was tired after a week of "making it work" and one solid all-nighter. But boy was I pleased at how well each design fit the model's personality. They rocked it!!