So I am here on March 20, 2015, the day of Blog Hop #3, a day late and a dollar short. I could not get my line finished in time because of work constraints.
And bummer that it is, I’m just really excited for the time when I can take all of this knowledge and make it work for me.
What I know…
- Time spent learning is never a waste – knowledge is yours forever.
- Sometimes having the ideas and the will to make them happen are no match for having no time
- When you have two things that you’ve committed to, the smart money is on the project that pays your bills – practicality trumps creativity.
- I’m okay with that. A great job is hard to find, and I really enjoy my work.
What I’ve learned…
- In the case of the Amazing B’Sue Boutiques Build a Line Challenge and Master class, the learning has been the “missing link” that I’ve been needing to move beyond being a hobbyist selling a hodgepodge of pieces to becoming a jewelry designer with a coherent collection of recognizable work.
- I’m already half-way there. Between the prototype jewelry line I’ve started for this course and the pieces that I have in my Etsy shop, I already have the beginnings of a collection in my shop – some tweaks here, and change in designs there, and I am on my way.
- The importance of the Pyramid. Not the obnoxious Amway sales scheme, but this one:
- I LOVE the art of fashion! This course has reminded me (again) why I love couture. It is the art of our time and like
goodall art, Fashion with a capital “F” can be fun, or ridiculous, or it can take itself quite seriously. Fashion can make you think, or blow your mind. Sometimes it will just plain piss you off – but it elicits an emotion, and creating emotion is a primary element of art – it makes you feel.
- To be successful, it’s important to know fashion – if only to know what you want to ignore. Haute couture is the basis for the choices we are given when choose our own clothes, jewelry and even home decor. Whether you shop at Barneys in New York or Walmart in a small town, your options are informed by capital “F” fashion. With this in mind, it only makes sense to keep on top of and (hopefully) just a little bit ahead of trends and fashion.
I’ve learned these things and many more, too numerous to list and keep my blog post a length you’d want to read, and for that I am so glad I made the decision to take the course.
So again, thanks a million to Brenda Sue Lansdowne and all of my classmates for the fun, knowledge and camaraderie of the last three months. It was such a great opportunity, and I’m so glad I could be part of it. Please take the time to hop to the blogs of my fellow Challenge takers and see the always amazing and often prolific work of some amazing artisans!