A little truth telling

A little truth telling

This New Year feels different. It feels like there’s hope. We can look back, learn lessons, and use them to build back better, and I’m no exception to that. So as the year turns and my voice slowly heals, it’s time to use it to tell my truth.

We need to talk about that one project of yours…

We need to talk about that one project of yours…

You know you ought to be working on it, but there it still sits, in a bag/on a shelf/in the corner, looking at you. You know the deadline is approaching. Your project keeps whispering to you about it. You know it’s going to be a last minute nightmare, or worse, a missed opportunity. So how do you break the standoff?

Conclusion

Conclusion

Published across social media on November 7th, 2021: “It doesn’t matter what my motives or intentions are for the Peacock dress. I must consider impact.⁠ ⁠It has become clear to me that my attempt to evolve a viable third option is not tenable. The...
Facing the True Meaning of the Peacock Dress

Facing the True Meaning of the Peacock Dress

Is it just a pretty dress? Or is there more that we should consider here? Over the last two weeks a heated debate has broken out on social media about my handling of this dress project. An American content creator of Indian heritage proposed that it ought to be...
Today we’re going to soothe your anxiety a little

Today we’re going to soothe your anxiety a little

Creative people have minds that race with ideas and inspiration. All too often, they race with everything else, too.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has felt like I’m in a lifelong battle to keep my mind under control. It’s like an untrained pet that races all over the house, knocking things over and generally causing havoc. But what if mind ownership, like pet ownership, didn’t have to be constant chaos?

Do you care too much what other people think?

Do you care too much what other people think?

Has anyone ever told you that you shouldn’t care what people think? You know they’re right: you shouldn’t care so much what other people think of you. Except you do. You do care. You want to be a good person, and you want to be seen as a good person, and that’s only natural, right? So how do you stop caring so hard?

Peacock Dress: fitting the bodice mockup

Peacock Dress: fitting the bodice mockup

If you’ve been watching this project finally come together on my YouTube channel, you’ve watched me take numerous bizarre Edwardian era measurements, and you’ve seen me use a lot of pencil lead and brain power drafting a precise 1902 era pattern, and...
If you’re waiting for a sign, this is it.

If you’re waiting for a sign, this is it.

About a week ago I had an upsetting nightmare.

I woke up with my heart aching, feeling as though this dream had been a direct download from Upstairs, if you know what I mean.

I believe that dreams can contain important messages from our subconscious coded as symbols, and this one was very clear indeed. Something had to change.

If you’re waiting for a sign, this is it.

These things just take time

These things just take time

Some projects spring forth fully formed in the mind. The fabrics are there in your stash, and you drop everything and go to work immediately because you’re SO inspired. Two days later, behold the fruits of creativity unleashed! Most projects, however, don’t go like this. Most are slower. Some stall and get re-started, and some projects take a decade or more to come together. Sometimes your ideas are way ahead of your resources… but patience might bring the resources you need.

Permission to take a break!

Permission to take a break!

When was the last time you took a moment to rest? This week’s video is just for you if you need permission to stop the world for a little while. Transcript Christian is a sad panda. Sorry, Christian! I got an email from Christian this week, saying that he or ze...