Happy New Year to all my blogfriends, your comments are always so inspiring and motivating,thanks for being there!
This is the first page of my personal, brandnew TRENDBOOK.
Just back from the textile fashion fair, this is the first thing I/we need. Cool Meditation.
Conclusion: A total of about 2900 exhibitors , about 200 of it textile designers.
I have worked with and for friends who have been exhibiting their designs on a stand there each year for 4 years, they did not sell this time, and neither did I. NOT ONE DESIGN ! but I am lucky cause my investment was not very important, as I did not have to pay the stand.
My little pile of 45 designs was often looked at and admired but people apparently were looking for "something else". So I shut out any feeling of frustration, which came up the first and second day and instead opened my eyes and my senses and tried to get in as much ideas about new trends and what is "wanted".
I listened to and watched trend conferences and walked miles and miles through the halls in order to get a glimpse at what is going on in the interior decoration business. For 2 years I have been observing the textile design business and I guess, I wasn't ready to really jump into it because it looked to me so hermetically closed. Now I'm back with so many ideas and very motivated to really go for it, to try to make a new collection, very well researched and adapted to the 2008/2009 trends, which are really inspiring. This means that I'll have to plan my designs carefully, follow my personal trendbook which I'm creating at the moment. This is the fun part. The other thing is that I'll have to be my own commercial agent - I have to make appointments and go and see the buyers at least 2, better 3 times a year.
In the meantime I was informed that the show in Germany for my ancestor spirit masks is postponed to September. Many pieces are ready and I can also exhibit works from "before" there is no hurry.
So I'll jump onto the design-business-train right now. Here and now. I feel like I watched and learned long enough. Now it is time to act. Learn more while doing. I'll make my own trend book, my own colourways, a real design "strategy". Make handpainted and CAD design and then take them directly to the interior decoration companies. Find a way in.
I'll take you along on my journey, without showing the final "product", I'll still share my research-sketches with you and my daily thoughts and feelings about art, design and the world we are living in. Have a wonderful day,