This year has been a true test of our patience. I, for one, have learned that there are so many things I can’t do anything about. All that can be done is to learn to trust the process; to wait and let things work themselves out. Sometimes our best laid plans have to be put on hold, and we see that over time, things sometimes turn out better in the long run. We learn that we are not in charge of much more than how we react to things we can’t control.
For the past year, I have been working on a new line of kimonos. I hand cut 50 kimonos — each one-of-a-kind piece featuring some curated combinations of fabulous repurposed prints. By last spring I was ready to turn them over to a local non-profit organization that specializes in small batch production. And then Covid hit. My sewing contractor was faced with having to sew thousands of masks for the medical community. It would be several months before my kimonos came near a sewing machine.
While I waited, I spent a good six months taking on-line classes about social media, photography, e-commerce, lead magnets and e-mail funnels. It was sort of like calculus to my artist/designer brain, and was not fun. At all. Now I have a new appreciation for the talent and patience of the technical experts who are on good terms with Photoshop and ProCreate. I am learning about my own limitations, and realizing that I need to stick to the creative side of things and leave the mind numbing technical stuff to all of the rest of you geniuses.
In the meantime, some of my new kimonos are coming out of production now, and I am thrilled at seeing some of the results. There are some things to tweak, and photo shoots to plan, but there definitely is light at the end of the tunnel. I think you will love this new line! I am anxious to be able to get some of the new kimonos on my website soon.
It’s been a long process, and there’s still a lot to be done before I can unveil this collection. But, it will be as soon as I can make it happen. In the meantime, I will be posting on Facebook and Instagram, just to keep in touch. I’m setting up a photo studio for product shots, and actually hiring outside help for lifestyle photography with real models. I’m also getting help with branding and marketing. Yay! And whew! I have learned a lot about what I can and can’t do, which is all good.
We all have a story about how Covid altered our plans. My little inconvenience seems quite unimportant compared to what so many people are going through. Thank you for your patience and support these last few months. I truly hope you are coming out of this experience knowing more about what lights you up, and have a new focus on what’s really important to you. Leave the rest to those who thrive on doing those things. You just be you.
Please stay in touch and sign up to get my announcements — because you will want to see these kimonos. You will want to nab your favorite before someone else does! We just might have to have a party!