Happy Dressember

I can not express how much i hate Movember.  My husband grows what he calls the Norwegian Whisper GROSS (hope he doesn't come next year)! However Dressember is something i can get onboard with.  

What began in 2009 as a quirky style challenge with a clever name spread like wildfire. Dressember is a month of wearing dresses, but it is so much more. At its core, Dressember is an embracing of the inherent freedom and feminity of all women.

In 2013, Dressember took on new meaning: opposing the worldwide trafficking and exploitation of women. In its first year as a fundraising campaign, Dressember aligned with International Justice Mission, a human rights organization that works to rescue victims of slavery, sexual exploitation, and other forms of violent oppression. Those who participate in Dressember are supporting the abolition of modern day slavery. In its first year of fundraising, Dressember had 1,233 registered participants in 32 countries across 6 continents.

Anyhow, i love me some dresses with chunky cardies, brightly colored tights with boots. The only rule, i have is, it has too have a pattern.  Here are some great ones from ASOS.com

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Enjoying The Challenge

So, no sooner than i say i'm going to find a job... the work starts rolling in!  I think it is due to the mass hysteria the holidays and Chinese New Year bring.  So i am busy, which is really an answer to prayers.  I am also working in-house a few days a week for a great client with really lovely people.   Yay for friendly faces and free coffee.

Just to add some interest to the mix i have been doing some super fun projects.  As a textile designer my bread and butter has been florals which i totally dig.  Nonetheless i can do florals in my sleep and i love a good challenge.  I have always believed if there is a theme/motif i can make a pattern for it or using it. Be it a book, plant, beast or product.  It makes me so happy to produce prints that have concept and story.  I am not a fantastic storyteller with words, but give me a pencil and i'll be able to create a narrative.  I think it has really helped me develop as a designer, and not just merrily follow the obvious trends. I am challenging you to create a pattern which has content and tells a story from your life.  Maybe that is a beautiful cabbage rose or maybe it is based on your favorite book.  Look out folks for my 10 commandments print hee hee.  Here are some images that may spark a new way of thinking about pattern.  Say no to knockoffs and be YOU.  Tell YOUR story.

 

fantastic vintage scarf the story of the Golden state
is this The Canterbury tales? Or just fancy men
Seals
i love to swim
antiques love me!