It feels so good to be blogging again. I've missed the camaraderie and support that you all offer so selflessly and I've really needed as much of that as I can get since I've been away.
I will, no doubt, someday regale you with tales of the challenges I faced coaxing 106 to life but suffice to say that my carefully laid plans have gone awry and my original deadline is now very unlikely to happen. Having said that, I cannot tell you how immeasurably grateful I am to have been put through the wringer in the last few weeks. I am a totally different person to the one who wrote my last post and therefore more open to the possibility and excitement of failure in whatever form it chooses to manifest itself.
Back then, I was happy with the path I'd chosen to get to that point - I still am - but for me the pinnacle of it all was the moment when the finished garments would sit pristinely in my online shop. How wrong I was!
/Image: Flannery O'Kafka for 106/
I began working through The Artist's Way a couple of months ago (as recommended by Tina) and it has quite literally changed my life. I could not have got through the last few weeks without it and I believe very strongly that I am now becoming the person and the designer I was always meant to be because of it.
I am, of course, fiercely proud of my collection but I now see it for what it really is - the by-product of a truly life-changing journey.
P.S. I would like to thank the irrepressible Andrea (of the fabulously-named Flannery O'Kafka) who is probably still out in the Glaswegian elements shooting my lookbook as we speak. You have been a huge inspiration and so kind to me and I would give up cake for breakfast (if I absolutely had to) to work with you again.