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...
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...
But what if I do want to “monetise my joy”?

But what if I do want to “monetise my joy”?

An article entitled “The Modern Trap of Turning Hobbies into Hustles” has soothed many creative people this week. Writer Molly Conway gives you permission NOT to make your creative passion into your career, and I support that sentiment wholeheartedly. Yes, you may create stuff solely for the sake of creating. Of course you do not have to “monetise your joy”. If you’re among the relieved majority, and the article gave you peace, then I support that. Go forth and enjoy your hobby with my enthusiastic blessings.

But if she sounded like a concerned parent advising you to manage your expectations and get a real job, then come with me, down the rabbit hole… because this post is for you.

How to raise the value of sewing: what you can do

How to raise the value of sewing: what you can do

Sewing is undervalued. Sewing has been undervalued for centuries. We often talk amongst ourselves about why that is, and how frustrating it is, and then we start trading juicy horror stories about what the most unappreciative members of the public have said to us. But...