Every January, I do an epic store clean. I have been sorting out the closet behind the gallery, it is taking forever but it has never looked so good. Maybe I’ll be able to find things in there…
I also emptied my fabric scaps bin today, it was like an archeological dig through the last almost year of Awkward Stage via tiny bits of textiles. The top was all new materials, the new Awkward Stage. A brand new era in my career as a fashion designer, new material for the first time ever.
Under that was some kilts, the old fall/winter Awkward Stage. Somewhere beneath that I found bits of chiffon and lace from the custom wedding dress I made for the lovely Miss Jacqui Swanek, an order that was an honour to build.
Under that was bedsheets and pillow case bits, spring/summer 2012 remains. It’s strange to think that by spring, I won’t be cutting up bedsheets. The familiar feel of vintage cotton will soon be just a memory. It’s exciting as well, I’ve already started to build a colour story for spring/summer 2013. The next collection will be easier, the one after that will be routine. I’m feeling more settled in this new life with new material. So long, repurposed goods.
2013 will mark Awkward Stage’s 5th birthday and my 8th year as a full-time fashion designer. Both of these facts are almost unreal to me. Huge changes have happened in the last few months and I am starting to accept the new Awkward Stage, starting to be comfortable working in a new way. I know I recently wrote a thank you, but I feel like I can’t say it enough: thank you!
Get ready 2013, Awkward Stage is coming for you. More art, more music, more fashion. Events in the gallery and Awkward Stage garments outside of the walls of Awkward Stage… big plans and daydreams for everyone.
Here we go.