Designer Diaries: Its been a while!

I know I know its been a while since I have been active on my blog. To be honest everything got a little bit crazy during Surtex, after Surtex and way after Surtex.  I'll get more into that in a few.  So I finally got the urge to start blogging again and coming to you guys more regularly.  So this post is basically going to be an catch up post.  Keep reading and I will let you know what I have been up to these past few months as well as a few things I have planned for the future.  This is the new designer diaries.  I'm going to come and talk to you guys at least once a week and let you know whats going on in my world while I continue to pursue my dreams of running a well established creative business.  

Later this week I will be writing a post all about Surtex and I will post the link here. But for now I just want to talk about the time after Surtex.  I'm going to be honest, I lost all motivation after the show. The show was an awesome experience, but after the show it was as if I was creatively exhausted.  I did my follow ups but I had no motivation at all to design anything, or to do anything creative. I was in a complete design rut. Even after working on a few projects and an exciting new licensing deal I was still stuck.

I felt like I didn't know what I really wanted anymore and like I had no direction at all. I begin to question everything.  I questioned wether all the hard work was worth it, If I should just focus on moving further in my day job (well I actually work nights full time) in Trade Compliance or even getting a new job.  Then I remembered how much I have always wanted a successful business even as a little girl I had several businesses I was a little hustler. It has always been in me to be a business owner and I cant run away from the feeling.

So with the help of my wonderful talented designer friend Natalie Williamson (did I say how wonderful she is) I slowly began to find my mojo again.  One thing I had to do was get back on track.  To do this I did something that really helped me in the past I did some visualization.  I sat down and visualized what I wanted to be doing in 5 years and I wrote it all down.  I wrote down every detail I could think of.  I did this for my business and personal life.  

Once I had my dreams and visions on paper, I started creating a plan going backwards until now. If I wanted the things in my vision to become a reality I had to write down things that I needed to have accomplished the year before.  In order to get those things accomplished I had to create a list of things I need to have accomplished the year before that, and so on and so on until I get to present time.  The present time I broke down into the upcoming months and presto! I have a plan and I have my focus back! 

I now have a plan that I am excited about because it lines up with my vision.  And the vision I have for myself is beautiful and full of excitement.  So if you are stuck in a rut and feel like you have no direction, try this exercise, it definitely works. 

So what do I have planned you ask? Well I can only share a few things and I'll share more in the next coming months.  If you haven't herd there is a great new website for artist and designers called Rise Design and Shine. Rise Design and Shine (RDS) is a community hub of lessons, inspiration, and positive vibes to help you achieve your creative business goals.  I am proud to announce that I will be contributing weekly, providing inspiration to aspiring artist and creative entrepreneur.  My first post will be on Wednesday so make sure you check it out, and I will post a link to it here.

I also have a series of things planned for this blog, including the Designer Diaries.  I just want to share more of my life and my journey with the hopes of helping someone on their journey.  I want artist to be able to learn from my experiences.  So I hope you check back often, leave me some comment, ask some questions and lets just talk a bit.  Being an entrepreneur can be very lonely at times and our family and friends just don't get it.  So lets talk and share with each other!

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The Excitement is Real!

We are six weeks away and I am so excited! I will be in Booth 244 with the fabulous ladies of Dot and Flow!  I can't wait to experience Surtex, yes I'm a first timer.  I also can't wait to meet all my designer friends in person.  So if your attending be sure to stop and say Hi! 

Fancy Florals

Fancy Florals

If you follow me on Instagram you know I have been busy getting ready for Surtex.  That means there are lots of new patterns and designs to be made.  Fellow Dot & Flow member Natalie Williamson has created this awesome challenge, Folio Focus, to help artist develop a great portfolio in the weeks leading up to Surtex

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Not Another Collective?!?

Happy New Year Everyone!!! I know I have been MIA for a while but lately I have been doing some revamping and preparing for some awesomeness this year.  I am so excited to finally announce that I am now apart of Dot and Flow Design Collective.  And I know you guy are like oh and we have yet another collective. Dot and Flow is not just another collective, we are a group of fun, quirky, innovative designers!

We are super excited to be official exhibitors at this year's SURTEX show (booth 244) - Hurray! So, who's coming with us? If you're getting ready to exhibit yourself or working on getting your portfolio hot to trot, keep your eyes peeled for a 10 week challenge made for you!

Be sure to follow our Instagram @dotandflow  for inspiration and sneak peaks into our designer studios!  And don't forget to check out www.dotandflow.com and meet the other designers! I am so honored to be apart of such a talented bunch!

This is going to be an Epic year! 

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Designer Diaries: Natalie Williamson

Designer Diaries: Natalie Williamson

I’m Natalie Williamson. I design, sell and license Happy Surface Patterns for manufactures and retailers to use on their products. I also produce small collections of stationery and homeware which I sell via my website. My style is quirky bold and colourful with a modern retro vibe.

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’m Hanneke Supply and I’m an artist.. for the last 15 years I have been making sand, snow and Ice sculptures… 3 years ago I have started drawing for fun, to expand my artistic skills.. but now I’m hooked.. now I can not imagine a life without drawing or illustrating.. 

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"I'm Stephania Silveira - founder and designer at Waters of March Studio.

After studying Digital Textiles at Central Saint Martins in London, I moved to California and started Waters of March Studio.

Textile design is not a job, it’s my passion.

 

 

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