Wowzers! Where the hell did 2010 go? It was an amazing an eventful year for me. It started in Spain, and I saw the new year in as a Burdastyle featured member. The birth of Stash Bustin' followed shortly. I also concocted an idea to attempt Me-Made-March, inspired by the fascinating Makeshift project. My own endeavour pushed me out of my sewing comfort-zone, and made me attempt new areas of previously unconsidered makery, like undies and coats. After a fascinating and valueable month, a new challenge was born: Me-Made-May. This time, I was not alone. I also spent a sizeable amount of time during the first half of the year writing for the Colette Patterns blog, not to forget a short-lived stint as a regular writer for Mixtapezine.
My summer was a crazy time of work, play, culling, packing, saying goodbye and travelling through France to set up a new life in Brighton, UK. September brought another challenge along the same theme: Self-Stitched-September. This time, I was even less alone. It was a tricky month for me work and life-wise, but never more had I felt the relevance of doing these challenges. A while later I scored the best job in the world, which miraculously brought together my love of sewing and my deeply held feelings towards sustainability and somehow allows me get paid for my efforts. Phew!
Looking back at the beginning of the year and where I stand now, aside from the glaring geographical and meterological differences, I feel a world away from the start of 2010. I've finally started to get a clear sense of my own style, and am finally producing garments for myself that I love to wear. My principals, beliefs and interests are much more alligned than they ever have been. I feel I've set myself up pretty well to pursue more easily in 2011 the investigations and experiments into living more fulfullingly. I've been nourished by the incredibly creative people in crafty/DIY/eco blogland more than I can express, and hope to have inspired others in a similar vein.
So, what of 2011? I love the begining of a new year as an opportunity to review my recent past and to evaluate my hopes for the future. So if you'll indulge me, here are my sewing/sustainability based resolutions for 2011 (in no logical order):
- Spend more time 'giving back to my community'!!! By that I mean making some of my self-drafted patterns into free downloadable PDF's and making some How-To's
- Continue to organise challenges which encourage the use and appreciation of handmade and refashioned garments
- Work hard on currently-undisclosed exciting organising project with my recently made new homegirls Steph and Lisa
- Work hard on currently-undisclosed exciting writing project with my super-talented graphic designer homegirl Silvs
- Work hard on currently-undisclosed exciting sewing project that may hopefully make a tiny bit of money
- Investigate the possibility of renting some workshop space, which would only be justified if the above resolution came to fruitition
- Read, write and talk more about sustainability, economics and ecological concerns, topics and possibilities
- Research what's happening in my local community on above issues and get involved
- Meet more creative homegirls and homeboys in my adopted city
- Meet in the flesh some of the amazing creative peops I've 'met' online
- Make the most of my current fortunate situation, and sew almost exclusively with secondhand fabrics, rather than regularly indulging in fabric shop purchases
- Make a pair of vaguely wearable shoes, even if they can only be worn for short distances in absolute dry conditions!