June 2, 2006
lights… focus… action.
Okay… it’s been quite the overwhelming past couple weeks. Besides narrowly avoiding gainful employment (don’t ask), I’ve been pounding the pavement, cold calling, and taking on a few freelance projects. One of which financed something I’ve needed for a long time – an overhead light for my cutting table.
Now, I know it needs to be hanging a lot lower, I’ll have to go out and get some longer chains, but the difference is already completely amazing. Also the hanging rack above the table is kind of in the way but I haven’t figured out where to move it yet. I used to have to put all sorts of lamps on the table and turn on every light in the studio to get what really wasn’t anything close to decent light. My new light is industrial and not-pretty (I almost spent three times as much on a flourescent light that looked like a soft bubble), but it’s full-spectrum and very bright and affordable.
My cutting table, which I’ve shown before, is 4 x 6 feet. My boyfriend and I made it back when we had a smaller studio – today I wish I had used the full 4 x 8 sheet of plywood, though because the table top just sits on top of two heavy duty shelf units, that could be fixed someday in the future… but until then it’s a perfectly suitable, sturdy table.
It’s been great to rearrange and renew my studio. Now that I’m picking up the odd project here and there I need my workspace to be tip-top and there’s always something to do to make it better. I’m working on creating a patternmaker’s portfolio, to pursue my goal of manufacturing work experience. It feels really good to have a stated goal after all my experiences with interviews through school left me feeling like I was pursuing something I didn’t really want. I’m much more focused now and it’s helping me feel a lot more motivated in my search for gainful employment.
Oh, and by the way, the book on my table is The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Sewn Product Manufacturing… a most useful and fascinating reference! These days I’m also reading Handford’s pattern book.
Guess what? I scored a much-envied volunteer position at Fashion Cares tomorrow! Toronto’s glitziest, most fashionable charity benefit promises celebrity spotting, Canadian fashion, ultra-networking, and over-the-top runway action. Hopefully I’ll get the chance to snap some pics, but at the very least I plan on dishing my experience later this weekend…