Wednesday, 25 June 2014
thoughts and ramblings
I've never been 'cool.' Not at primary school, not at high school, not at university, and not now. mostly I am okay with this, but some days I'm really not. whilst in Topshop at the weekend I heard two teenage girls whisper something about me and laugh, then look me up and down. I had at least ten years on them, but in that moment I felt like crying. I didn't hear what they said, but I knew it was something about how I looked. it's funny how something so childish can hurt just as much, even as an adult. I'm not confident with how I look and this touched a raw nerve. sometimes I wish I could be one of those skinny, confident girls, wearing a short dress without feeling self-conscious, being effortlessly cool.
now this isn't an essay on looks or fashion. I am okay with who I am, and I'd rather be eternally uncool than be someone who would talk down how someone else looks where they can hear. but lately I have noticed this theme of 'being cool' creeping into my business life. in jewellery there are trends just like the rest of fashion. right now that seems to be geometric shapes, minimal metal pieces, crystals and charms, long layered chains. basically the exact opposite of what I make! I never set out to make jewellery that follows trends. instead I make things that I like and that I think are fun and interesting and a bit different, and just cross my fingers that other people like them too! and so far it's worked out pretty well. but lately I find myself wishing a cool magazine would want to feature my work. or a stylist would want to use my pieces for a trendy shoot. at the same time though I don't want that. I like being different, I like that my pieces don't rely on being 'on trend' to sell, I like that my customers are so cute and each have their own style.
I would never change Ladybird Likes just to fit in or to follow a trend. being different is what's gotten me where I am today, and I wouldn't give that up for all the magazine features in the world. but I want to try and find a happy medium where I can venture slightly into the world of 'trends' and 'fashion' but whilst still staying true to my roots. I am going to be experimenting with some new materials, new techniques, and new styles over the next few months, developing some new lines for late 2014/early 2015, and I really hope you guys will love them and will stay with me as I try out some new stuff. as always you guys are at the centre of what I do - Ladybird Likes' motto is 'making nice things for nice people' and you are those people! so I am more than open to any feedback you may have - keep your thoughts and ideas coming :)