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Someone asked me the other day if I missed the hustle and bustle of London Fashion Week and I replied 'No'... almost as a natural reflex. I didn't think about it at the time, but I did reminisce later on. It wasn't that long ago when I was in the heart of Fashion Week, helping to prep for the shows... and clothes were always on my mind. Even if I went shopping with D I'd have my note pad in my pocket just in case I came across something that sparked an idea.
I don't remember the time when that stopped... not the work, as that was a very conscious decision (I wanted to strike out on my own), but instead the fashion 'thinking'... the dedication to following trends (not that I was ever good at choosing to wear them!), the looking in shop windows and sketchbook scribbling. That sort of fizzled out, I guess because my head was now full of fibre and learning the crafts involved with it (Spinning, felting and so on). I guess my question to myself, is 'Is it really that far away from what I do now?' I mean, I do still work in the textile industry... so really there is no reason to ignore my past or my training. In fact it could be time to readdress that... who said fashion and fibre crafts couldn't go together? No-one at all!
So I thought I'd start a new form of blog post, to go along with my business and craft articles... 'Fashion Trends/Shop Reports', with the idea that I focus on Fashion Trends in relation to and the translation into)textile crafts (Felt making, spinning, weaving, knitting).