========================================================================== I have blog fright! It’s a bit like stage fright but the digital version! I have been so busy the past month and unfortunately it has had very little to do directly with the Spinster’s Emporium website, eeekk! Sorry about that. So first things first I have successfully spent the best part of the past month applying for, preparing for and accepting a new job! As of September 2012 I will be lecturing one day per week on a Foundation Degree in Fashion with Textiles at City & Islington College in London.
To say I am over the moon is a understatement, as much as I love Nottingham and have enjoyed the past eight years on and off here, I feel like this new role will be the stepping stone to a new stage in my life and career, for both Spinster’s Emporium and for my teaching. I am really looking forward to being in London every week, getting connected with the huge craft/fashion/art/design network down there which will be great for the business and to inspire those creative juices to keep flowing. Lots of people don’t realise that I run Spinster’s Emporium on a part time basis, I have worked this way ever since it launched 3 1/2 years ago, but it has only been in the past 12 months since enrolling on a teaching degree and a new job lecturing at New College Nottingham that I acknowledged that both my jobs are not one or the other, but support and inspire each other, my learners and myself. If it was not for all the valuable, challenging and dynamic transferable skills, experience and achievements I have gained running my business, I would probably not be as successful at teaching.
So to all the independent small business owners out there, keep going, enjoy, and remember how the journey of self employability can open much more doors than you originally think.
Today was a fairytale, I am having a pretty good week! Returning the focus back to Spinster’s Emporium is the highlight of my week amongst other things! As the academic year approaches the end of term and the summer holidays commence I am seeewwwww excited about working on this year’s catalog of work. Last year I designed a catalog of work promoting Spinster’s Emporium 2011 and this year I intend for it to by much bigger, better nd of course, prettier.
I can’t wait to have some free time to get my needles suck into everything again. If you have been following my pinterest account you will see I have different mood boards for look books and styling for photo shoots. As I will be designing and compiling the whole new body of work myself, everything has to be taken into consideration, from styling, making, photography, layout, graphics and design. I have recently started experimenting with mixed media photography, only a little bit, using overlays of vintage fabrics, portraits and scenery to create multi layered colleges is something I am really interested in developing and using for the new catalogue. The two images above, the ladies profile and “today was a fairytale” are examples of other peoples work taken from my pinterest account. They are both fresh and contemporary versions of the vintage aesthetic and an ideal lovely starting point as inspiration for new Spinster’s Emporium’s catalog.
In other news (i am completely off loading right now), Kirstie Allsopp’s team rang me!! They wanted some advice on vintage materials for her new book which will be out along side the new series. The biggest coincidence is that yesterday I also received another email asking if I would like to be a featured artist for a new contemporary craft book due out next year! I am really very interested in publishing, I have thought about it for a few years. How cool would it be to work on a Spinster’s Emporium craft book? And even record my crafty journeys travelling around the world?! Hopefully I will pick up some top tips from the insiders over the next few months and keep you posted with any developments.
In other tip top news (a bit of girly gossip really), I met a boy! I was beginning to wonder how I would find time. I work as a teacher, I am studying my teaching degree and I run a business named Spinster’s Emporium (which was beginning to look like a self perpetuating prophesy to be honest!) The boy in question skateboards around carrying big love hearts and cycled to my house in the rain to give me roses, life as a Spinster is pretty good this week.