Well, what a lovely and wild couple of weeks it's been!
We found some lovely people to join us on the Falling Blossoms project (our first Curated Corsetry Collection), which is an absolute joy. We're really excited in the studio, thinking about the delicious colours we will be working with, and I cannot wait to take delivery of more gold-thread British-made lace for the project. Hand-painting it is going to be wonderful fun!
Then my weekend was made up of the usual delights, plus some new experiences!
I spend my Saturdays helping out at a charity stables these days. It's an absolute treat. Indeed, any horse-lovers are advised to keep their eyes peeled as I may be selling/auctioning/raffling a drawing or such in collaboration with them to raise them some always-needed funds.
Anyway, last Saturday I was in a jumping class and during my first jump in about ten years managed a bad-ish approach (Buster threw in a canter stride or two without being asked), cat-jumped, and thumped my right thumb against the horse's neck when his head went further down than planned. Heard/felt an almighty crunch and thought, "uh oh, haha, not ideal!" But now it seems fine. There might be a chip or something somewhere, but it doesn't hurt too bad and is fully-functioning, so sewing can continue. Happy day!
Sunday involved a long, quiet walk along the canal, whilst swimming was the order of the day yesterday and it was luscious. It's so easy to just lose track of time when swimming, really relaxing for the old brain.
So I am feeling like a supremely fortunate little wren. Running your own business is always a challenge (sometimes an exhausting one) and you know how life is, there's always something that could threaten to upset things. But with so much that could go wrong (and so much that is going wrong in the world, all the time), I just cannot comprehend how lucky I am to work with good people, to have a creative vocation, to be safe and fed, and to have peaceful, energising ways of spending my free time (the latter, free time, being a concept I had somewhat abandoned in the first five years of Sparklewren!).
And unlike the usual artist cliché, I make better work when calm and content. Very much looking forward to pouring that feeling of good fortune into our upcoming commissions.
In other news this week, delightful Ivory Flame (the first model I ever booked) has a new website!
Flame is essentially perfect, as models go. She's beautiful, with a real sense of potential narrative and individual expression running through her work. She's delightful, being an absolute joy to work with. And she's impossibly professional, which is obviously so important in our industry. There are many reasons why this little treasure has become muse to so many photographers and painters, not least her ability to convey something timeless combined with her understanding of shape and composition. I cannot sing Ivory Flame's praises enough.
There we have it. Much of beauty this week, much to cherish and be both thankful and excited for.